‘Govt for strong Lokpal that satisfies majority’

Union Minister Salman Khurshid, who is a member of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill, on Tuesday said efforts are on to make a "strong" legislation which can satisfy "majority" of the people.

Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 20:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Minister Salman
Khurshid, who is a member of the joint drafting committee on
the Lokpal Bill, on Tuesday said efforts are on to make a "strong"
legislation which can satisfy "majority" of the people.

"There is nothing which can satisfy the whole society
but we are trying to come up with something that satisfies the
majority of the people," he told reporters here on the
proposed Lokpal Bill.

Asked if the issues between the civil society and the
Government have been sorted out, the Minister said, "We have
no complaints. We are talking and want a good and strong
Lokpal Bill to be presented before the public."

On whether the divergent views of the civil society
members on the Bill would go to the Cabinet as a `dissent
note`, Khurshid said, "No dissent note will be given. Wherever
there is divergence, we have said the alternative formulation
given by them will be sent to the Cabinet.

"One Bill, wherever there are common areas, we both
will endorse it. Wherever there is difference of opinion,
alternative opinion given by civil society will be given to
the Cabinet," he said.

Explaining his earlier statement that he "knew only
`jonk` and not joke", the Minister said, "I had said I don`t
know joke but I know the `jonk` (leech), which sucks blood. So
we should not suck blood and put all our effort into making a
good Lokpal Bill."

He said the Group of Ministers for media has been
formed to clarify facts before the media on issues before it
and "take media along with us as it has a big role to play in
a democracy".

PTI