Doubt over Varun`s plan to bring Jan Lokpal Bill

Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 21:53

New Delhi: Uncertainty surrounds BJP MP
Varun Gandhi`s plans to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill of Anna
Hazare team as a private member`s bill in the current session
of Parliament which concludes on September 8.

Parliament sources said a private member`s bill requires
at least one month`s prior notice before its introduction in
the House.

They said while a notice has been given to Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar, it could have come up in this session
only if it had been handed over before August 8.

If a such a bill is not taken up in the session for
which the notice has been given, it does not lapse but
requires a ballot process for being taken up in the next
session. There is a long queue of private members` bills, they
said.

The sources said a number of private member`s bills were
not taken up in the past during an entire Lok Sabha and those
bills had lapsed and a repeat of the process was required in
the new Lok Sabha.

The only time a private member`s bill could be passed was
in 1956. After Feroze Gandhi had made a powerful case, his
bill enacting Parliamentary Proceedings (Protection of
Publication) Act was adopted.

Varun Gandhi has said that he would move the bill next
week.

On whether his party supported him on the issue, the BJP
MP from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh said, "What is of more
interest to me is whether the nation is benefiting."

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 21:53

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