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Constitutional expert Subash Kashyap says Government 'shied away' from voting on Lokpal Bill

December 31, 2011 - New Delhi

Top political commentator and constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap, has said that the UPA Government shied away from voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and then adjourned the House.

Kashyap said it was apparent that there was no will power to pass the Bill.

"It is clear that there was no will power to pass it. It was not brought (in Rajya Sabha) with such an intention. It seems that it was scuttled through preconceived conspiracy," he told Asian News International on Friday.

Kashyap also refuted the government's claim that because of 187 amendments proposed by the lawmakers there was less time to study and pass them.

"They are making excuses in the name of 187 amendments. There were many amendments in the Lok Sabha. But they were clubbed and within few minutes they were disposed off. There are many ways to dispose off 187 amendments within minutes," said Kashyap.

"The inadmissible amendments would have been disallowed (by the presiding officer). Thus, the number of amendments would have been reduced. Many people (lawmakers) had given similar amendments that could have clubbed and thus more number of amendments would have been reduced. Generally, many amendments are withdrawn," he added.

The Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday was taken up for a discussion and vote in Rajya Sabha. But after a marathon debate that stretched until midnight, the vote failed to take place.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late night amid uproar created by several MPs, without voting on the bill.

The anti-graft legislation for which social activist Anna Hazare and his team have fomented a successful mass movement may now be taken up in the budget session of parliament, probably in March.


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