Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari has
called an-all party meet to resolve the stand-off over the Lokpal Bill.
The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party gave the meeting the miss.
”All parties have decided to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. NDA leaders have also told us that let the Lokpal Bill be passed in a din. Lokpal Bill is government’s highest priority. We are ready to extend the Winter Session of the Parliament in order to pass the Bill,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters.
”We are trying to persuade the Samajwadi Party (SP) to support Lokpal Bill,” he said.
But the SP said it will not support the Bill at any cost. ”Our stand remains firm. We will continue to oppose the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha,” said SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav.
Fasting social activist Anna Hazare yesterday approved the proposed Lokpal Bill scheduled to be presented in Parliament on Monday but his former follower Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rejected it saying that unless the investigating body like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is free of political and government influence the bill will not serve any purpose.
Stung by poll debacle in Delhi and other parts of India, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his government is committed to passing a strong anti-corruption Lokpal Bill at the earliest, urging the parties to rise about differences for greater good.
While the Bill was stalled in Rajya Sabha by the Samajwadi Party on Friday and Hazare is on a fast in his native village in Maharashtra to demand a strong anti-corruption law in the form of Lokpal, Mr Gandhi along with party stalwarts like P Chidambaram addressed the media and assured passage of the Bill at the earliest.
”Our job is to give this country a powerful Lokpal Bill. What we need, we are 99 per cent there. What we need is one per cent movement from political parties in this country. If we work together we can finish and deliver the Lokpal,” he told reporters.
”We should put aside small little differences we have and get together,” said Mr Gandhi.
He said all parties are for Lokpal Bill but there are differences of opinion and these should be overcome to pass the Bill.