BJP supports Jan Lokpal Bill, asks govt to withdraw its version

The BJP chief said that a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board has been called this evening to discuss the situation.

Updated: Aug 25, 2011, 23:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Opening up its cards for the first time on Anna Hazare`s agitation, the BJP Thursday came out in support of his Jan Lokpal Bill saying it should be made the basis of discussion in Parliament over creation of an effective ombudsman and asking the government to withdraw its
version of the legislation.

"The BJP supports Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by team Anna.

It should be introduced in Parliament. We will make it as the
basis of discussion. The Government`s Lokpal Bill has gone to
the Parlimentary Standing Committee. The Government can
withdraw its Bill with the Opposition`s consent," BJP
president Nitin Gadkari told a press conference at the party
headquarters here.
He said he was worried about Anna Hazare`s health and
urged the Prime minister to take immediate steps to end the
current impasse and help the Gandhian end his 10-day fast.

"BJP is with Anna Hazare on the issue of corruption and
supports his movement. But the way the situation is
deteriorating, it is not good for the nation. Keeping in view
the interest of the nation and Anna`s health, I appeal to the
Prime Minister to take immediate steps. I hope a positive response from the Government," Gadkari said.

The BJP leader also said the party was further discussing
the Jan Lokpal Bill and would hold a meeting of its
Parliamentary Board - the party`s top decision-making body,
later this evening.

The three sticking points on which the Government and Team
Anna have locked horns are likely to be taken up during the
BJP Parliamentary Board meeting.

PTI