Withdraw Lokpal Bill; bring an effective bill: BJP

The BJP asked the government to withdraw the present Lokpal Bill and introduce an "effective" bill in Parliament, but made it clear that some provisions of the Team Anna draft were not acceptable to the party.

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2011, 21:12 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday asked the
government to withdraw the present Lokpal Bill and introduce
an "effective" bill in Parliament, but made it clear that some
provisions of the Team Anna draft and the deadline set by it
for passing the legislation were not acceptable to the party.

"If required, the government should withdraw the Lokpal
Bill and introduce an effective bill. The present bill which
is with the Standing Committee is feeble and ineffective," BJP
Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia told reporters.
Asked if the Jan Lokpal Bill, prepared by Team Anna
Hazare, was acceptable to the BJP, he said, "We agree with
certain portions of the draft, while some parts can be
improved upon. There are some provisions which cannot be
acceptable to us at all."

The BJP is also not in agreement with Team Anna that the
bill should be passed by August 30, he said, adding Parliament
procedures should be duly followed and this will take time.
The main opposition party appealed to the government to
be "sensitive" towards Hazare`s deteriorating health in view
of his ongoing indefinite fast, and expedite the process of
negotiations to reach a solution.

Interestingly, the BJP has opted to watch the
developments between Team Anna and the government and not
become a party to it till tomorrow`s all-party meeting called
by the Prime Minister.

"We do not know the agenda of the all-party meeting.
What they are going to discuss... We have already ventilated
our views on the issue," Ahluwalia said.

PTI