UPA favours placing Lokpal Bill in Monsoon Session

Welcoming BJP leader LK Advani`s statement of pledging support to the Lokpal bill, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that the UPA government was in favour of placing the Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 14:55 PM IST

Kolkata: Welcoming BJP leader LK Advani`s statement of pledging support to the Lokpal bill,
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that the UPA government was in favour of placing the Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.

"The drafting committee will discuss the bill and the
government will see that it is placed in the monsoon session
of Parliament," Mukherjee told a meet-the-press programme
here.

Mukherjee, who is the co-chairman of the joint
committee that will draft the Lokpal bill said, "We will complete the work of the committee quickly, so that we can place the bill in the monsoon session."

Mukherjee welcomed Advani`s statement expressing
support for the bill: "I welcome his support. I have kept him
informed. His party has to support the bill in the Lok Sabha
and the Rajya Sabha by pressing the button in its favour when
it will be put to vote, only after which it will be passed."

He said he had also discussed the issue with the
Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and other
parties including the Left.

"There was talk about Lokpal bill since 1972. Advani
was a minister in the Union Government from 1977 to 1980 and
a home minister from 1998 to 2004 when his party was leading
the government. Nobody stopped them from passing the bill.

Nevertheless, better late than never. If they support it today
it is good."

PTI