New Delhi: On the eve of the debate in Lok
Sabha on Lokpal Bill, government on Monday struggled hard to
muster support for the measure as the BJP and the Left stepped
up heat insisting that they will press for amendments.
Claiming that all UPA allies "are on board",
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal wanted other
political parties not to press for any amendment to the
"strong bill" which is a "fine piece of legislation" drafted
after careful consideration and consultations with all
His refrain was that the process of law-making is not a
static exercise and as one gathers experience one can make
changes later. He noted that all political parties should
realise that for the first time in 40 years, a bill on the
Lokpal issue has reached considerations stage in Parliament.
Bansal brushed off speculation that Congress has issued a
three-line whip asking all MPs to be present in the Lok
Sabha tomorrow as it was `nervous". "Issuing whip is a
legitimate exercise," he said.
BJP, however, made it clear that it will not relent on
the changes sought by the party and it was upto the Government
to create a broad consensus by making amends wherever
"Congress has a nefarious design with the inclusion of
an unconstitutional clause of relgion based reservation
exceeding 50 per cent. It will make the bill infructuous in
the eyes of the law", BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.
A senior Minister, who declined to be identified, said
that the provision in the bill for reservation for minorities
was "non-negotiable". He dismissed suggestions that
Constitution has barred making any such provision.
Cranking up pressure,the CPI-M said it will move
concrete amendments that includes creation of a separate
investigation wing to further strengthen the measure which is
"ineffective" in its present form.