New Delhi: Smarting under Opposition attack
over the issue of Lokpal Bill, Congress on Saturday, insisted that
the measure is not dead and will be back soon.
"The Lokpal Bill is certainly not dead. It is not even
in ICU or Emergency. It is merely under rest and recovery (R
and R) and it will be back soon," Congress spokesperson
Abhishek Singhvi said.
A political war has broken out between government and
Opposition over Rajya Sabha`s failure to pass Lokpal Bill,
with both sides accusing each of carrying out "well
choreographed" chaos to scuttle it.
The assertion by the Rajya Sabha MP, who headed the
Parliamentary Panel that went into the Lokpal Bill, comes a
day after after Rahul Gandhi promised not to rest till a
strong Lokpal Bill with constitutional status is brought.
Addressing a rally in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh
yesterday, Gandhi had hit out at the BJP for failure to
give constitutional status to Lokpal. He insisted that this
was not only his dream but that of the youth of the country
and the Congress will not rest till it is achieved.
"We will not stop till we achieve constitutional status
for the Lokpal," Gandhi had said.
The Congress general secretary had said that he felt "the
strongest Lokpal will be one with constitutional status, but
the opposition defeated it in the Lok Sabha".
Attacking the BJP, Gandhi had said, "those who used to
talk about India Shining (in 2004) defeated a strong Lokpal
Bill" that represented the aspirations of the country`s youth.
"The BJP has openly stated that they had defeated the
motion that would have given constitutional status to Lokpal
because it was Rahul Gandhi`s dream. It is not my dream alone,
it is the dream of the youth of the country. We will not stop
till we achieve constitutional status for the Lokpal," he had