Lokpal Bill will fall in Rajya Sabha: Naidu

BJP on Wednesday exuded confidence that the Lokpal Bill will not be passed by the Rajya Sabha as the ruling Congress party does not enjoy majority.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday exuded confidence that the Lokpal Bill will not be passed by the Rajya Sabha as the ruling Congress party does not enjoy comfortable majority in the Upper House.
"We are confident that the ruling party does not have
enough numbers in Rajya Sabha. It (Lokpal Bill) should fall in
the Upper House. They (Congress) will not be able to muster
majority in the House," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told
reporters outside Parliament House.

Refuting the Congress` charge that the BJP has betrayed
people on Lokpal, Naidu made a counter charge saying it is
they who betrayed people.

"The Congress has betrayed the people of the country on
the issue of strong Lokpal Bill. Congress is aware of the fact
that people of the country are in favour of a strong Lokpal.
They did not have commitment to bring a strong Lokpal. They
brought a weak Lokpal," he said.

"They did not have adequate numbers. And that is why they
became a laughing stock before the nation yesterday," Naidu
added.

He claimed the whole episode has "boomeranged" on
Congress.
"They should have done some homework and should have
consulted allies and then would have brought such a bill in
Parliament. Without doing homework they have brought it and it
has boomeranged on them. We want strong Lokpal. Our amendments
were in that direction. Congress wants a weak Lokpal because
they do not have any commitment," Naidu said.

PTI