Government sensitive on Lokpal Bill: Khurshid

Union Minority Welfare Minister said that none could be above the existing parliamentary system.

Updated: Jun 27, 2011, 17:27 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Union Minority Welfare
Minister, Salman Khurshid, a key member of the joint drafting
committee on the Lokpal Bill, on Monday defended the government’s
approach as `sensitive and lenient` and said none could be
above the existing parliamentary system.

"The government`s approach on the issue is sensitive
and lenient as we discussed nine times to find a solution with
civil society members," Khurshid who was here to campaign for
the July one Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election for his
party, told a press conference.

Asked about Anna Hazare’s threat to re-launch his
agitation, the minister said it seemed that the Gandhian
wanted to challenge Parliament.

Probably, for the first time, he said, the government
discussed the issue with unelected members, thus exhibiting
its seriousness on black-money and corruption.

The minister said that the government and civil
society had differences over two issues including the concept
of the Lokpal Bill.

Khurshid said the proposed Bill would be tabled in the
forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament beginning August 1.

On the June 4 Baba Ramdev episode, Khurshid said the
yoga guru was granted permission to hold a yoga camp at the
Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

Asked about the Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh
government’s stand over a recent Congress rally, he said "it
is our responsibility to raise voices for the people and we
are ready to violate prohibitory orders, if required."

PTI