Salman Khurshid slams BJP on Lokpal Bill

Law Minister Salman Khurshid today accused BJP of not speaking about its problems with Lokpal Bill before the debate on it in Rajya Sabha.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 14:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid
today accused BJP of not speaking about its problems with
Lokpal Bill before the debate on it in Rajya Sabha and sought
to know from the party why it did not ask for the legislation
to be put to vote with limited discussion.

Khurshid also attacked Team Anna for their criticism on
non-passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha, saying they never
welcomed the passage of the legislation in Lok Sabha.

"Why did they (BJP) speak for long? He (Jaitley) should
have spoken for 10 minutes. Whatever he had to say, he could
have said in 10 minutes. They could have reduced the number of
speakers they had," he told reporters here.

The Minister was responding to a question on Jaitely`s
remarks that the whole action in Rajya Sabha was choreographed
and speakers were made to continue the debate.

Khurshid said if the BJP had believed that it had the
support of the rest of the House, it should have sought a
direct vote without any debate.

"Why don`t they answer all that. If the game is played it
is played on both sides. Why were they playing a game? It is
as simple as that," he said.

On Team Anna member Kiran Bedi attacking Government for
its failure to pass the Bill, he said the former IPS officer
has all the right to air her views.

"She says a lot of things and she will continue to say.
That is her right. I don`t remember Team Anna welcoming when
Lokpal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. We were villains then and
now too," he said.

PTI