Govt hopes allies will help clear Lokpal in RS

Government on Thursday hoped that all its allies will come around and help in the passage of the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 11:34 AM IST

New Delhi: With uncertainty looming over
fate of Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, Government on Thursday hoped
that all allies will come around and help in its passage so
that possibility of convening a Joint Session of Parliament
does not arise.

"I hope that everyone will come around. We will have to
carry everybody and pass the bill," Union Minister Minister V
Narayanasamy said.

The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Narayansamy said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has
spoken to leaders of Trinamool Congress, which have given
notice for amendment to the crucial legislation, and has
explained the situation to them.

Trinamool Congress, which has 6 members in the 243-member
Upper House where the Congress and its allies do not have
majority, wants removal of the provisions relating to the
setting up of Lokayuktas in the state which is contained in
the Bill passed by Lok Sabha.

Narayanasamy said it has been made clear that the
Lokayukta aspect will not come into force without consent of
the state and added, "I think they will all come around."
Asked if the need for a Joint Session of Parliament for
passage of Lokpal Bill would arise if it failed in Rajya
Sabha, he said, "I don`t visualise that situation."

Asked whether reference to Lokayukta in the bill could be
deleted as demanded by the Trinamool, he emphasised the bill
has been prepared after discussions with all parties as also
allies and in the light of the commitment given by the Prime
Minister on the floor of the House on the issue of Lokpal and
Lokayukta.

Asked whether parties like SP and BSP would stay away as
had happened in Lok Sabha, the minister said he was not aware
of the strategy of these parties but the government would like
support of all parties.

Against the backdrop of the embarrassment suffered by
Congress in Lok Sabha due to absence of a dozen odd members,
he said the scenario is unlikely to be repeated in Rajya Sabha
as efforts are being made for the presence of all.
"One or two members are indisposed," he said, adding
efforts would be made to ensure presence of everyone.

PTI