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Govt reaches out to allies, PM hopes RS okays lokpal bill

delhi Updated: Dec 28, 2011 21:32 IST
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Ahead of consideration of the lokpal bill by Rajya Sabha, Trinamool Congress on Wednesday played difficult, prompting the government to reach out to the key UPA constituent to ensure passage of the crucial legislation.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hoped Rajya Sabha will pass lokpal bill on Thursday.

"I hope those having divergent views will respect verdict of Parliament," PTI quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee held a meeting with Trinamool leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Mukul Roy against the backdrop of Trinamool's opposition to a provision in the bill on setting up of lokayuktas in the states and its decision to move an amendment.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and minister of state for department of personnel V Narayanasamy were also present in the meeting that took place in Mukherjee's office.

The meeting came as the government braced for difficulties that Trinamool could cause in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday after facing embarrassment in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Amid the party's clear stand that it will not allow any tampering with the federal structure, the six Rajya Sabha members of Trinamool earlier met at the residence of minister of state for shipping minister Mukul Roy in New Delhi to discuss the issue ahead of the bill coming up in the House.

Roy later told PTI that the party would move an amendment to the provision in the lokpal which relates to lokayuktas in states.

The provision should be modified, he said. The party has objection to the provision in the bill which makes it mandatory for states to set up Lokayuktas.

Mukhjerjee told Lok Sabha on Tuesday night that the government was amending it to specify that the notification in this regard would not be issued without the consent of states.

However, the Trinamool Congress is waiting to see the language in this regard in the bill as it wants it clearly specified.

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