Need to stay alert on Lokpal issue: Bedi

Kiran Bedi was responding to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice, which is scrutinising the Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi: With the Parliamentary Standing
Committee arriving at a "broad consensus" on recommending
Constitutional status for Lokpal, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi
on Friday wondered whether the UPA will pass the buck on to
Opposition if the bill is not passed.

"Lokpal to be Constitutional body (and) UPA would need
the support of Opposition (for this)? If not, will it pass the
buck? (We) need to stay alert," Bedi said in a tweet.

She was responding to Parliamentary Standing Committee
on Personnel and Law and Justice, which is scrutinising the
Lokpal Bill, ended its internal deliberations after arriving
at a "broad consensus" on most of the issues including giving
constitutional status to Lokpal.

However, consensus eluded on the contentious issue of
bringing Prime Minister under the purview of anti-corruption
ombudsman.

Yesterday, Bedi had warned politicians that they may be
targeted like Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar if Lokpal Bill
is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

"Pray proper Lokpal Bill gets passed in Winter Session or
else pent up anger may come on streets. Politicians may get
targeted," Bedi had said yesterday.

However, she said today, "bahut galat hua. Kisi ko aise
marna theek nahi hai ji (Whatever happened is wrong. To beat
up someone like this is not right)...Insulting behaviour is
totally unacceptable. It hurts the foundation of a civilised
society. Ought to make us think why is this happening?"

At a public function here yesterday, Pawar was slapped
by a youth who claimed he was angry with corruption and price
rise.

PTI

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