HindustanTimes Thu,03 Sep 2015

Lokpal Bill and UPA pride at stake in Rajya Sabha today

The UPA pride will be at stake when the Rajya Sabha takes up the Lokpal Bill for consideration today. In the numbers game, UPA is well short of simple majority in the Rajya Sabha. Trinamool's opposition to a provision in the bill on setting up of Lokayuktas in the states and its intention to move amendment has become a big headache for the UPA.
Future of the bill | TMC's red flag against lokayukta clause | Parliament at work | Numbers at play | Non-negotiable points

Lokpal debate: Government in tight spot in Rajya Sabha

A bill to provide for establishment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas in states was introduced in the Rajya Sabha today. The govt is finding it difficult to get the bill passed as it is short of simple majority. Video

BJP, Congress fight over Lokpal fineprint

BJP leader Arun Jaitley today led his party's charge against the government's Lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha, calling it "phoney, a constitutional cocktail and dangerous".

Numbers, friends and foes scuttle lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha

Cornered, as its biggest ally Trinamool Congress insisted on deleting the lokayukta provision from the lokpal bill, the government postponed voting in the Rajya Sabha after an 11-hour-long debate on Thursday. HT reports. 

Mamata pricks again, bats for federal structure

The Congress' biggest and most troublesome ally, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, yet again left the UPA managers red-faced on Thursday by insisting on its amendments to make the lokayukta more federal in character.

Parties cry foul, BJP wants govt to resign

Political parties, including UPA ally Trinamool Congress, on Thursday cried foul after the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the lokpal bill terming it as a "black day" for democracy and said it has lost its right to continue in office.

Anna goes into week-long hibernation at Ralegan

A day after calling off his three-day fast at Mumbai and cancelling the 'jail bharo' and dharnas outside the houses of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, activist Anna Hazare returned to his village Ralegan Siddhi on Thursday afternoon.

Cong, Oppn trade charge of planned disruption

The Congress on Friday staged a come-back after the Thursday night fiasco in the Rajya Sabha, as the House was adjourned without the amendments to the lokpal bill being put to vote. Saubhadra Chatterji and Vikas Pathak report.
Blamegame begins | Cong wants to sort differences with Mamata | Govt orchestrated the whole thing: BJP | Filibustering: The fine art of delaying

Govt should have done its home work: Team Anna

Team Anna on Friday attacked the Government for its failure to get Lokpal Bill passed by Rajya Sabha and accused it of not doing enough home work to bring other political parties on board to respect the 'Sense of the House' on this issue.

Lokpal Bill will be brought in Budget session: govt

Putting up a brave front after it failed to muster the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, government today said the Lokpal Bill will "definitely" be brought before the Rajya Sabha during the Budget session even as Congress leader Digvijay Singh defended the move saying extension of the House last night was not possible. Numbers, friends and foes scuttle bill

BJP choreographed murder of democracy: Pawan Bansal

Attacking the opposition for Rajya Sabha's failure to pass the Lokpal Bill, parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Bansal today said the Bill will be taken up for consideration in the Budget session of Parliament. Allies, Oppn slam govt for postponing Lokpal

RS fiasco triggers all out war between Congress, Opposition

The government today shifted the entire blame for the lokpal fiasco on the BJP, saying the opposition with "an understanding with some other parties" devised a strategy of submitting a large number of amendments to ensure the bill is held up in the Rajya Sabha.
BJP choreographed murder of democracy

Cong will convince Mamata, BJP on lokpal bill: Bansal

Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday said the Congress would convince West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on the Lokpal Bill. Even the BJP would realise it soon and support the bill, he added. HT reports.

Heavens wouldn’t have fallen had the BJP supported lokpal: Cong

Cong questions BJP’s intent; BJP hits back, accusing ruling party of spreading ‘malicious allegations’ against it.

‘Govt should have moved step by step’

The government should have moved step by step on the lokpal bill and on granting constitutional status to the proposed anti-graft watchdog, says justice JS Verma, whose opinion formed the basis for the parliamentary panel’s recommendation on the issue.
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