Cong reaches out to Trinamool on Lokpal issue

Congress made a fervent appeal to UPA ally Trinamool Congress to give the Lokpal legislation a chance despite differing perceptions.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 21:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid indications that government
may not be able to get the Lokpal Bill through in the Rajya
Sabha, Congress on Thursday made a fervent appeal to UPA ally
Trinamool Congress to give the legislation a chance despite
differing perceptions.

"Perceptions may be different but allow it to be
operationalised. Allow this legislation to work its way though
the system. It may end up proving you wrong. Let us not throw
the baby along with the bath water," party spokesperson Manish
Tewari told reporters here.

He was asked to comment on the Trinamool Congress`
insistence on the amendments in the bill and why Congress
failed to take the ally on board on the issue.

The Congress spokesperson also targeted the Oppostion
particularly BJP over the issue saying that by opposing the
bill, it has given a message to the country that neither its
conscience nor intent is clear on the issue.

"UPA demonstrated its substance and intent by bringing
the bill while the Opposition particularly the BJP has
demonstrated cussedness by opposing the bill....Today it is
the intent of the Opposition which is under test ," Tewari
said but hoped that wisdom would ultimately prevail and the
Bill would be allowed to go through.

He was also critical of the BJP for its statement that it
was not the Opposition party`s job to fulfil Rahul Gandhi`s
vision (of Constitutional status to Lokpal).

"This is an unfortunate and sad statement inspired by
petty politics that this proposal be opposed only because
Rahul Gandhi mooted it," Tewari said.

Pointed out that the Trinamool Congress is sticking to
its demand for moving amendments in the bill, Tewari said,
"amendments can be brought in any legislation but that does
not mean that the law is not passed. If there are certain
lacunae, they can be examined even later on."

PTI