Lokpal: BJP is ready to vote, asserts Sushma
Throwing a ball in the government’s court, Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the BJP will vote in favour of all the three issues raised by the Anna Hazare team if the government brings a resolution.
New Delhi: Throwing a ball in the government’s court, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the BJP will vote in favour of all the three issues raised by the Anna Hazare team if the government brings a resolution.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that the government is trying to create an impression that her party was trying to stonewall the process, but it is not true.
Earlier, a Team Anna member, Arvind Kejriwal said that the government has told them that the BJP doesn`t want a vote. Clarifying the BJP’s stand, Swaraj said the BJP is flexible and is ready to vote on either the motion or a resolution.
Expectations that Anna Hazare will end his fast on Saturday suffered a blow after his aides accused the government of going back on its pledge to move a resolution on the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.
Emerging from talks with Law Minister Salman Khurshid, activists Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan said the government had refused to move a resolution over three key demands from Hazare.
"This will be a very unfortunate response to what Anna Hazare has written to the PM," Bhushan told reporters, adding it was now for the 74-year-old Hazare to decide if he should call off his 12-day fast.
He said Khurshid had told them that "there won`t be any resolution or voting" at the end of Saturday`s discussion in Parliament, only "a sense of the House".
Sounding disappointed, he said: "We were given the impression last night that there will be a resolution after the Parliament discusses the matter or a voting. But now we are told that it won`t happen.”
Kejriwal was more blunt: "This is nothing but cheating. The government has gone back on its word four times."
After back-channel discussions the whole of Friday, it appeared that the Congress and the BJP had agreed to move a resolution in the Parliament on three key issues raised by Hazare: having Lokayuktas in every state, citizen`s charters for government departments, and inclusion of lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal`s ambit.
The sudden development put a question mark on the future of the hunger strike by Hazare, who has become visibly weak as his hunger strike seeking a strong Lokpal Bill entered into 12th day on Saturday.