Lokpal Bill: Cong appeals for patience on passage

Congress counselled patience on Lokpal Bill, saying the govt would get the "very important" legislation passed in Parliament as "early as possible".

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 16:29 PM IST

New Delhi: As Anna Hazare threatened to go
ahead with his proposed fast, Congress today counselled
patience on Lokpal Bill, saying the government would get the
"very important" legislation passed in Parliament as "early as
possible".

"Anna should have confidence in government. I feel this
matter is unnecessary," Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said in
the wake of the social activist writing a fresh letter to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In the letter, Hazare said doubts have arisen over
whether the Lokpal Bill will be passed by December 23 when
Parliament session gets over and threatened to go ahead with
his proposed fast and `jail bharo` agitation.

Alvi said the government is trying its best to build a
broad consensus on the measure not only within the UPA but
also among all other parties.
Criticising the BJP which has supported Anna`s deadline,
Alvi said, "Hopefully this bill will be brought in the current
session, but nobody should be in a hurry. It is a very
important bill, One should have patience. Government will get
it passed as early as possible."

In his letter, Hazare said in the last one year, the
government has given a lot of assurances on Lokpal Bill but
every time they have "betrayed" the countrymen.

"Despite your promises, if a strong, independent and
effective bill is not passed in the session, I will be forced
to sit on a fast from December 27. `Jail bharo` agitation will
start from December 30," Hazare wrote.

PTI