New Delhi: Demanding that the Lokpal Bill be brought in this session by incorporating changes suggested by the Opposition, the BJP on Friday said the government should not think it can get away with a repeat of the scenario that took place on the last day of the Winter session.
"If the government thinks it can deliberately delay the Lokpal Bill and bring it on the last day of this Parliament session, then it is mistaken. The excuse of a time constraint will not be accepted by the Opposition this time," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
The Opposition party maintained that government has not conveyed to it any date on which the Lokpal Bill will be brought to the Rajya Sabha for discussion and passage. There are only two working days left for the budget session to conclude.
"We will not allow the government to go off at midnight the way they did the last time. The Bill should be passed in this session of Parliament itself," Hussain said.
Cabinet Ministers have held discussions with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha on the sticking points of the Lokpal Bill and promised to incorporate some of the suggestions. These leaders also reached out to the Left parties, among others, to ensure smooth passage of the Bill.
"If the government accommodates the changes suggested by the Opposition then we will support the Lokpal Bill," Hussain said.
The UPA dispensation and the BJP are on the same page on dropping the Lokayukta clause from the Lokpal Bill and including only government-funded NGOs under the ombudsman.
However, there are differences on giving more autonomy to CBI, and decreasing the influence of the government in appointment and removal of the Lokpal.