SP, RJD, Shiv Sena oppose Lokpal

Giving clear sign that Lokpal Bill to be tabled in Parl will not be smooth, SP, RJD and Shiv Sena expressed strong opposition to it.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Giving clear indications that the
Lokpal Bill to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday will not be
allowed a smooth sailing, Samajwadi Party, RJD and Shiv Sena
on Wednesday expressed strong opposition to it, contending that "all
powers" would go to police and "new Gaddafi" would take birth.

SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad
made their opposition known in the Lok Sabha after BSP raised
an unrelated issue of manhandling of one of its MPs by SPG
personnel inside Parliament complex.

SP said it would move amendments to the bill that is to
be tabled in the Lok Sabha tomorrow.

Prasad said there should be "consensus" on such major
decision before the bill is moved and that he would not allow
the country`s interests to be hurt.

Shiv Sena General Secretary Sanjay Raut feared the
ombudsman could control the nation and appealed to all parties
to stop a "new Gaddafi" from taking birth.

Yadav warned the government that the proposed legislation
would give "all powers" to the police.

"Lokpal will not be in your hands. It will go to the
hands of police. Nothing can be done then against the police,"
he said and apparently referred to Anna Hazare as he asked
whether all this could be done "under pressure of one man".

He said his party will oppose as much as it can.

"These powers will go to the police, they will not
respect us (MPs). Superintendents of Police and District
Magistrates will send us to jail," Yadav said.

"Think over it seriously as to whom you are going to give
powers," Yadav told the government.

PTI