Democracy bigger than Lokpal: SP

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Tuesday maintained that the draft presented by the govt does not fulfill objectives of a strong Lokpal envisaged by all concerned.

Updated: Dec 27, 2011, 15:04 PM IST

Zenews Bureau

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party on Tuesday rejected the government version of the Lokpal Bill while raising doubts over its provisions, its functioning and its selection process.

Participating in the Lokpal debate in Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “The draft of the anti-graft legislation presented by the Government has disappointed us.”

Maintaining that democracy is above all and the government must pay heed to people’s concerns, the SP chief said, “This bill lacks so many things. Democracy is bigger than the Lokpal and Parliament represents the aspirations of people. Nothing can be above it. MPs fear people because they get elected by them," Yadav said.

"The accusations made against the CBI can also be made against the Lokpal. This Lok Pal Bill is not good enough," he added.
“I want to ask why the government gets angry whenever it is questioned on the issue of bringing a strong Lokpal Bill? Mulayam said.

The SP leader maintained that the draft presented by the government does not fulfill objectives of a strong Lokpal envisaged by all of us.
He slammed the government for tweaking the provisions of the Lokpal Bill for its political advantage.

“This is bill which suits the government only. This bill will not bring any relief to the common man at all. This Lokpal Bill will not end corruption,” he concluded by saying.