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BJP to wait and watch discussion on Lokpal

BJP Thursday kept the cards close to its chest on the proposed debate on Lokpal issue in Parliament tomorrow, saying it will wait and see in which form the government holds the discussion and then take a call on the matter.



New Delhi: BJP Thursday kept the cards close
to its chest on the proposed debate on Lokpal issue in Parliament tomorrow, saying it will wait and see in which form the government holds the discussion and then take a call on the matter.

BJP Central Core Group discussed the situation arising
out of the Anna Hazare agitation on Lokpal Bill and the stand
the party should take during the debate on the issue in
Parliament.

Though informal channels of communications between the
government and opposition are active, BJP is waiting for a
concrete and final word on which clause will be used to hold
the debate, sources said.

"We are not aware as to the form in which the
discussions will take place. As and when the government
conveys to us, we would devise our strategy accordingly," BJP
Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He said BJP wants that the fundamental premise of passing an effective Lokpal Bill in accordance with the sentiments expressed in Jan Lokpal Bill should be respected.
"The Core Committee discussed the anger and frustration
prevailing in the country over corruption. The country wants
an effective and credible deterrance against corruption,"
Prasad said, adding the Manmohan Singh government has
"failed" to provide this.

The letter written by BJP President Nitin Gadkari to
Hazare earlier today also came up for discussion in the
meeting.
"The Core Committe took the view that a very effective
Lokpal Bill must be formulated and passed by Parliament in
accordance with the stipulations and the suggestions of the
Jan Lokpal Bill as have been articulated," Prasad said.

BJP also reiterated its demand that the government
Lokpal Bill should be withdrawn from Parliament forthwith.

PTI

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