Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP
supremo Mayawati has refused to respond to the questionnaire
on provisions of the Lokpal Bill, saying that seeking opinion
of her party before tabling the bill in the Lok Sabha was
contradictory to Parliamentary traditions.
"Seeking an opinion of the party before tabling the bill
on the floor of the House was contradictory to Parliamentary
traditions," Mayawati said in her three-page reply sent on
June 4 to the letter from Chairman of Lokpal Bill drafting
committee Pranab Mukherjee, party sources said today.
Mayawati said that as there was no representative of BSP
in the drafting committee, she was not in a position to
express her views.
"Had there been any representative of my party in the
draft committee, I would have been in a better position to
express my opinion," she said.
Mukherjee had sought BSP`s opinion about the proposed
bill, likely to be tabled during the monsoon session of
Parliament, in his May 31 letter, party sources said here.
Expressing her displeasure over the composition of the
Lokpal Bill committee, consisting of members of the civil
society and UPA ministers, Mayawati said the proposed Bill
should be properly whetted by the House committee after it was
tabled in Parliament.
"The bill should be finalised after careful
consideration. The power, jurisdiction and functioning of
Lokpal should be properly defined so that it cannot be
misused," she said.
Her party was in favour of the institution of Lokpal but
there was need for a thorough debate on the issue, Mayawati