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BJP rubbishes reports of reconciliation with Congress over Lokpal Bill

December 22, 2011 - New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has rubbished the reports over possibility of settlement between the BJP and the ruling Congress Party over the controversial issue of Lokpal Bill.

Talking to reporters here, Jaitley said: "There is no question of any understanding by which is possible or likely. We and our MPs had submitted a detailed dissent note that has been a well considered document of the party that provides for an independent Lokpal, the appointment mechanism has to be independent."

He further asserted that the BJP would intricately analyze the government draft once available.

Jaitley also added that the BJP would not accept any flaws in the Ombudsman Bill and would judge the government's draft with a keen eye.

"If the appointment mechanism as is being proposed is government dominated, if CBI is government controlled then Lokpal will itself loose it's strength and relevance, that is something we are not going to accept and therefore we are going to judge it very closely and at times even harshly the government draft on the yard stick of what we have said in our dissent note," said Jaitley.

Earlier BJP had assailed the draft of the Lokpal Bill drafted by the Congress Party and termed it as weak and useless.

The Union Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a historic bill for creation of the Lokpal with Constitutional status. A new Lokpal Bill will now be introduced in the Lok Sabha today.

Hazare has, however, written a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, and threatened to go ahead with his proposed three-day fast from December 27 for a strong Lokpal Bill.


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