Samajwadi Party may vote against Lokpal Bill

The Samajwadi Party, which has 5 MPs, and RJD with 4 MPs may vote against the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha today.

Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 15:07 PM IST

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party, which has
5 MPs, and RJD with 4 MPs may vote against the Lokpal Bill in
the Rajya Sabha today.

Party sources said its 22 MPs, who walked out of the
Loksabha before voting on the Lokpal Bill on Tuesday, said
that their MPs may vote against the measure in the Upper House
today.

Like SP, if BSP with 18 MPs and RJD with 4 MPs also
oppose the Bill and if decide to vote against it, then the
government will have serious concerns over the fate of the
bill`s passage.

In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, Congress and its allies
do not have a majority with its number placed at 92 and
needs the support of the MPs of these parties supporting the
government from outside. At least a walk out by them could
help the government but not a vote against.

RJD sources said the bill was "doomed" because "nobody"
wants it and the party may also vote against it.

BSP leader in Rajya Sabha Satish Chandra Mishra said
the party has not taken a final decision and its strategy
will be revealed at the time of voting in the House.

But to say that the party MPs will walk out of the House
is wrong, he said.

Congress` ally Trinamool Congress, which is part of the
UPA government and has 6 MPs in Rajya Sabha, has moved
amendments to the Bill that it considers encroaches on the
federal structure of the Constitution and the states rights.

"We have already submitted our amendments. We are going
to press for it," Mukul Roy, Trinamool leader and Minister of
State for Shipping, told reporters here.

The bill passed by Lok Sabha two days ago has
provisions for setting up of Lokayuktas in the states with the
consent of state governments.

Asked whether the six party MPs will vote against the
bill, he said the question does not arise as of now.

"After the discussions and after amendments are over,
the question of voting will arise. But till now, Trinamool is
firm in its opinion that Part III of the bill be deleted from
the original bill," Roy said.

"We are just pressing for the deletion of Lokayukta
part, We have no problem with Lokpal part," he said, adding
they are in favour of Lokayuktas but it should be done by
states and not the Centre.

He said he and other party leaders have spoken to
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to sort out the issue.

PTI