Lokpal: Ready for voting but on what, asks Bansal

Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 10:56

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded that a discussion on the anti-corruption bill should end with a vote in Parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday expressed his party’s readiness for voting but said “on what”.

Talking to a news channel, Bansal said the Parliament is going to discuss all the issues related to Lokpal Bill today.

He further stressed that corruption is just an attitude of mind.

When asked if Anna Hazare would call off his 12-day fast today, Bansal said there is no confirmation regarding this.

However, he was hopeful that Anna Hazare would end his fast today.
"I can only hope that the fast ends today, let the Parliament session start. There is no proposal as such. This is the time for discussion," Bansal told reporters outside Parliament hours before the session was set to start.

"Team Anna had asked for a written statement from the government. The government agreed to it," Bansal added.

The Lok Sabha will take up for debate various Lokpal bills, including the civil society`s Jan Lokpal Bill at 11 am after Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee makes a statement on the matter.

Hazare, 74, has been on fast since August 16 to push for a strong anti-corruption law.




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