BJP slams parl panel`s U-turn on Lokpal Bill

BJP said the U-turn by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel was an "insult" to members and the panel had "no sanctity".

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

New Delhi: After exclusion of lower
bureaucracy from Lokpal, BJP on Friday said the U-turn by the
Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel was an
"insult" to members and the panel had "no sanctity".

"There is no sanctity of the Standing Committee on Lokpal
after its decision to exclude Group C employees from the
Lokpal ambit," BJP MP Kirti Azad told reporters outside
Parliament House.

He said there was a consensus in the committee on
inclusion of Group C employees in the Lokpal ambit.

The Bihar MP questioned how the decision was reversed
within 24 hours of a meeting of Congress core committee at the
Prime Minister`s residence.

There are about 57 lakh Group C employees in the
country and the committee had earlier decided to include them
in the Lokpal ambit.

Terming the U turn by the committee as an "insult" to
members, Azad said, "This is an insult to members of the
Committee."

He said, "This shows that the sense of the committee was
rejected outrightly so no sanctity of the committee remains.
We have sent our dissent note and giving our views on the
issue of PM, citizen charter, lower bureaucracy, appointment
of Lokpal and CBI director among other issues.

"What is the point in making a Lokpal which is not
useful?", he asked and said Standing Committee should not
continue.

PTI