Plan B: Lokpal Bill to be sent to select panel?

With the possibility of Lokpal Bill being passed in the Rajya Sabha dim, the government is working on a Plan B to get it cleared even if it takes some more months.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 11:56 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: With the possibility of Lokpal Bill being passed in the Rajya Sabha dim, the government is working on a Plan B to get it cleared even if it takes some more months.

As per a media report on Thursday, the bill would be passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha today and would be forwarded to a select parliamentary committee.

The panel’s mandate would be to hammer out a middle ground on the specific amendments moved by opposition parties. The bill would then be brought back to the Parliament during the next session in February and passed in a joint sitting of both houses.

The government’s options are limited as it lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha to push through the bill as it did in the Lok Sabha.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat said, “It is the responsibility of all parties to get the Lokpal Bill passed.”

However, political analysts feel that parliamentarians have lost the ‘sense of urgency’ now that Anna Hazare has broken his fast and abandoned the ‘jail bharo’ plan.