Team Anna must await passage of Lokpal bill: Govt

Ahead of Hazare`s dharna here on Sunday, Government said Team Anna should await the passage of the Lokpal Bill before going ahead with any agitation.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 18:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of Anna Hazare`s dharna here on Sunday, Government today said Team Anna should await the passage of the Lokpal Bill before going ahead with any agitation on the issue.
"They should all wait for a decision in Parliament.
People can give their views and Parliament takes the
decision," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
told reporters.

In reply to a question on Hazare`s proposed day-long
agitation at Jantar Mantar on Sunday and Team Anna`s attack on
the Standing Committee`s report on Lokpal Bill, Bansal said
"it amuses and bemuses me that discussions will be held in
Jantar Mantar."

He said issues, if any, needed to be resolved in an
atmosphere of peace and amity and not by vitiating it. "It is
the responsibility of Parliament to pass laws. That right
flows from the Constitution and in that respect Parliament is
supreme," he said.

He also wanted Team Anna to understand that law-making
is a dynamic process.
The talk in government circles is that the Bill could
come up for discussion at a meeting of the Union Cabinet
likely on December 14 and it would be brought for
consideration on December 19.

Reacting to Team Anna`s criticism of the report,
Standing Committee Chairman Abhishek Singhvi said the panel
could not put a rubber stamp on any of the proposals and has
to take decisions based on its perceptions. "If we have to be
rubber stamps, then Parliamentary Standing Committees should
be abolished," he said.

PTI