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‘Passage of Lokpal Bill before Aug 30 unlikely’

The possibility of passage of Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30 as demanded by Anna Hazare is unlikely, sources in the govt and Congress said.



New Delhi: The possibility of passage of Jan
Lokpal Bill by August 30 as demanded by Anna Hazare is
unlikely, sources in the Government and Congress said on Friday night.

The sources noted that the Lokpal Bill, introduced by the
government in the Lok Sabha, was currently before a
Parliamentary Standing Committee which has got to do a lot of
due diligence before it could give its recommendations.

The sources ruled out the possibility of two bills being
taken up by the Committee and Parliament at the same time.

The Committee has so far heard only Hazare and his
associates, they said, adding even the mandatory advertisement
calling for views has not been issued yet.

The sources said the Hazare camp should "understand" the
reality and Parliamentary procedures.

At best, the government sources said, Team Anna Hazare
can present its draft to the Committee for its consideration
and beyond that nothing else could be don at this stage.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid had earlier said nobody could
be prevented from introducing a private member Bill in
Parliament but it should have majority support to be passed.

PTI

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