A parliamentary standing committee on Wednesday adopted the report on the Lokpal Bill with 16 dissenting notes on separate issues, including three from Congress MPs.
The Team Anna immediately rejected the committee’s recommendations saying it was against the “sense of house” and claimed that it would “dismantle” whatever is there for anti-corruption in India.
The parliamentary standing committee on personnel and law and justice left it to Parliament to decide on the issue of bringing the PM under Lokpal. After the meeting, committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the report is likely to be tabled in Parliament on December 9.
The report may come up for discussion only on December 19 — the session will end on December 22.
According to sources, “as the committee’s meeting started, three Congress MPs — Meenakshi Natrajan, Deepa Dasmunsi and PT Thomas— said they want to say something before the report is adopted and gave a dissent note demanding inclusion of lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal’s purview and for making the CVC accountable to the ombudsman.”
Besides these, there were dissenting notes from other parties as well but on other issues. “Six MPs from the BJP and one each from CPI(M), RSP and the BJD have given dissent notes for exclusion of PM’s office from the Lokpal’s ambit,” sources said.
“Samajwadi Party MP Shailendra Kumar also submitted a dissent note for not bringing in lower bureaucracy and citizen’s charter under the Lokpal. He also batted for reservation for SC, ST, OBC and minorities in Lokpal,” sources said.
Though the committee’s report is not binding, a discussion on its contents may add to the ongoing battle between the government and Team Anna.
Rejecting the report, Team Anna said it is against the ‘sense of house’ passed by Parliament in August. “Parliament passed resolution to include lower bureaucracy and Citzens’ Charter in Lokpal. Now, Abhishek Manu Singhvi is disrespecting Parliament by violating it,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
Reacting to the development, Anna Hazare said in Ralegan Siddhi: “Parliament has passed a resolution. Why are you not honouring it? Why do you want it (lower bureaucracy) to leave it to states?” He also demanded the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill in the ongoing session and said the session should be extended if “there is no time” for bringing the law.
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