New Delhi: The much debated Lokpal Bill is
expected to come up for consideration in the Lok Sabha on
December 20 amid indications that the Prime Minister could be
brought under its purview with some safeguards.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said
that the legislation could now come up for approval in the
Lower House on December 20, giving ample time for the Upper
House to consider the measure.
The current session adjourns sine die on December 22.
Bansal indicated that the Prime Minister could be
brought under the ambit of the ombudsman with some safeguards.
At the same time, he said his personal opinion was that PM
should be kept out of the Lokpal`s purview.
Consultations over the legislation would gain momentum
from Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holding talks
with allies at a meeting of UPA leaders.
The meeting is expected to project a united face of
the ruling alliance on the issue of Lokpal at a time when it
was under attack from opposition parties and Anna Hazare for
coming out with a "weak" bill.
The consultations will be held a day ahead of an
all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister on the
Though some opposition parties have been demanding
extending the Winter session, government managers are ruling
out such a possibility at present.
At Jantar Mantar on Sunday, several political parties
flayed the government and the Parliamentary Standing Committee
for preparing a "weak" Lokpal draft. Some of them also
appealed to Anna and his team to be flexible in their approach
towards the bill.