Finally, Govt agrees to voice vote on Lokpal

Acceding to Team Anna’s demands, the government has agreed to put resolution to voice vote.

Updated: Aug 27, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Acceding to Team Anna’s demands, the government on Saturday agreed to put a resolution carrying their demands on Lokpal Bill to a voice vote. The government`s new draft includes all the three sticky demands raised by the 74-year-old civil rights activist.

The government is trying hard to persuade Anna Hazare to end his 12-day fast.

The government will present the new draft after the discussion on the Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

According to reports, the government has prepared the new draft agreeing to all three of Anna`s conditions. Earlier in the day, the government’s draft agreed to Anna`s conditions, but with amendments.

The process had earlier appeared to be headed towards another stalemate when Team Anna accused the government of `betrayal` and called for passing a resolution and voting after the debate on Lokpal Bill.

Happy with the government’s move to put resolution to voice vote, Team Anna Hazare said it has received a communication from the government in this regard.

Fresh trouble emerged this afternoon after government decided only to convey sense of House to Team Anna and not put the resolution for voting, the activists hardened their position saying it was "betrayal" and only a resolution which will be put to vote will be acceptable.

This forced the government to change its stand. "We are very happy with the development," a Team Anna spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, responding to Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal’s accusation that the government has told them that the BJP doesn`t want a vote, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said her party is ready to vote on either the motion or a resolution.

Amidst Team Anna’s insistence on voting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with senior BJP leaders, LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to break the Lokpal logjam.

Team Anna has made three demands: that the lower bureaucracy be brought under the purview of the Lokpal, that Lokayuktas in the states be brought under the Lokpal and that a citizen`s charter for government departments be worked out.