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BJP supporters stage protest against Central Government for non-passage of Lokpal Bill

December 30, 2011 - New Delhi

Members and supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a demonstration against the Central Government in New Delhi on Friday protesting against the non-enacting Lokpal Bill after Rajya Sabha, was adjourned sine-die without voting for the Bill.

The protestors raised slogans against the Central Government and demanded it should quit.

Lashing out at the Central Government, BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that the Congress Party-led government wanted to retain the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under its wings as a tool to remain in power.

"What happened there, the entire country saw it. They were not prepared to listen to the federal character as well as the other points specially putting CBI under the Lokpal and they just go on in using the CBI as a tool for remaining in power," said Malhotra.

Speaking to the mediapersons, Vice President of BJP, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the plan to avoid voting on the Lokpal Bill was choreographed by President of Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, who heads the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

"Today this government is not capable of staying in power as during midnight, on one hand, they killed democracy and on the second hand they killed Lokpal. This clearly shows that the whole incident was part of a scripted plan written by Sonia Gandhi and on the basis of that the ministers and Prime Minister acted upon it," said Naqvi.

The protestors demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should immediately resign from his post and leave office, as the manner in which the Bill was tabled and debated was incorrect.

Rajya Sabha, on Thursday, broke up for recess without voting on a bill to create a post of anti-graft ombudsman before a deadline that was set by veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare.


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