RJD vows to continue opposing Lokpal Bill
"The RJD will continue to oppose the current Lokpal Bill that lacks provisions for reservation. We also seek to bring the Prime Minister within its ambit in letter and spirit," party Rajya Sabha MPs Ramkripal Yadav and Rajniti Prasad said.india Updated: Jan 01, 2012 21:48 IST
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Sunday vowed to continue opposing the government's current Lokpal Bill that "lacked provisions" for reservation and sought to bring the Prime Minister within its ambit.
"The RJD will continue to oppose the current Lokpal Bill that lacks provisions for reservation. We also seek to bring the Prime Minister within its ambit in letter and spirit," party Rajya Sabha MPs Ramkripal Yadav and Rajniti Prasad and state president RC Purve said.
Yadav said during consultations with leaders of opposition parties, the government had accepted the demand for having the provisions for reservation for minorities, dalits and other extremely backward people in the process of selection for Lokpal committee.
But the government had later reneged on its promise when the Bill was placed in Parliament, they alleged.
Yadav also flayed the BJP for voicing its concern over the issue of reservation at the time of the debate.
He asked the government to explain as to what prompted it to change its stand on the provisions of the Bill in Lok Sabha and subsequently in Rajya Sabha.
Yadav accused the Congress of compromising with the BJP on certain provisions of the Bill "which reflected tacit understanding between the two parties."
When asked to comment as to what provoked him to tear the copies of the Lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha during debate, Prasad said "it was an expression of anger and the copy I tore was not the original text of the bill."
First Published: Jan 01, 2012 21:41 IST