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Govt resolution on Lokpal opposed by Team Anna

Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 18:33

New Delhi: Sharp differences broke out
among Team Anna, government and the Opposition today over the
wording of the resolution for the debate in both Houses of
Parliament on various drafts of the Lokpal Bill.

The government, after overnight consultations and
confabulations among its leaders, formulated a resolution
which said:

"The document `Jan Lokpal Bill` drafted by members of
the civil society under the leadership of Anna Hazare as also
the proposals by prominent civil society groups and eminent
citizens for addressing issues of corruption".
However, when this was presented to Team Anna they did
not agree to it and sent its own version of the resolution. It
wanted government servants at all levels to be included and
setting up Lokayuktas in states.

Team Anna`s draft of the resolution states:

"The House resolves that a Lokpal Bill which will set
up an independent Lokpal institution be enacted quickly to
effectively deal with the prevailing rampant corruption in the

"The House further resolves that such law would cover
all levels of government servants. Such law would also provide
a framework for setting up of similar Lokayuktas in the states
and would also include effective provisions for redressal of
grievances which affect the common people in country."

BJP demanded a discussion under Rule 184 (which entails
voting) in Lok Sabha and Rule 168 in Rajya Sabha. It framed a
resolution which seeks to find a middle ground between the
government and Team Anna`s resolutions.
An all-party meeting was convened to end the impasse
over the resolution and holding a discussion on Lokpal issue.

The BJP resolution for the debate on Lokpal wants the
Prime Minister to be included under the ambit of the ombudsman
and an independent mechanism for his appointment.

The BJP resolution was submitted by Leader of
Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in the Lower House and
her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley in the Upper

The BJP resolution reads: "..... the House further
resolves that such a law should have the widest coverage
including the Prime Minister with the exception of his
national security and public order functions, create an
appointment mechanism for appointing Lokpals which may be
independent of the government domination and provide for an
independent and autonomous CBI.

"... the House again resolves that the appointments and
accountability mechanism should be regulated by the National
Judicial Commission in respect of the judiciary."

The BJP resolution further states that such a law
should cover all levels of the government servants and provide
for a framework for setting up of Lokayuktas with similar
powers in the states which would also provide for effective
redressal of grievances of the common people.

It says due consideration should be given to the
provisions contained in Article 105 (which provides immunity
to an MP for his conduct inside Parliament) and Article 311
(which deals with rights of lower bureaucracy).


First Published: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 18:33

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