Opposition leaders snub Kejriwal

Opposition leaders snapped at Arvind Kejriwal after he pressed them to make public their opinion on some of the key issues pertaining to Lokpal Bill.

Updated: Dec 11, 2011, 18:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Opposition political leaders on Sunday
snapped at Arvind Kejriwal after he pressed them to make
public their opinion on some of the key issues pertaining to
Lokpal Bill during Anna Hazare`s day-long agitation and asked
him to leave the matter to Parliament for a decision.

As soon leaders finished their speeches during the
activist`s day-long dharna at Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal
requested them to clear their position on specific issues
relating to Lokpal like composition of selection committee,
appointment of CBI director and grievance redressal mechanism
for complaints against group C employees.

As Kejriwal was speaking, CPI leader D Raja took the
microphone and asked him to leave the detailed discussions on
the Lokpal Bill to Parliament.
Apparently unhappy with Kejriwal`s proposal, BJP leader
Arun Jaitley said all the leaders have already discussed the
fundamental issues and agreed to most of the key demands of
Team Anna.

"We have already discussed the fundamental issues
pertaining to Lokpal. We gave our opinion on most of the
sticking issues. We all agreed that there should be a strong
and effective Lokpal and we will do our best to make it
happen. But details on specific issues should be left to
Parliament for discussion," said Jaitley.

A visibly upset BJD leader Pinaki Misra said the draft
Bill prepared by the Parliamentary Standing Committee was not
cast in stone and that it can be changed by Parliament when
comes for discussion.
"The whole system cannot go backward. It will only go
forward. The details can be discussed in Parliment," he said.

CPM leader Brindra Karat, resolving to do everything
possible for a strong Lokpal, said the issues raised by
Kejriwal can be discussed in details by lawmakers in
Parliament.

PTI