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Narayanasamy confident of Lokpal Bill being passed in Budget Session

December 31, 2011 - Chennai

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Saturday said the government will talk to various political outfits and ensure that the Lokpal Bill is passed in the forthcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

"In amendments which they have given there are a lot of contradictions. Therefore, the government has to apply its mind and then arrive at a consensus. In the Rajya Sabha, we don't have majority. It is a fact, out of the 243 members, Congress and allies have got 97, and therefore the Bill could not be carried," said Narayanasamy.

"But the Bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha and we will talk to the political parties. We will try to arrive at a consensus. In the Budget Session of Parliament, we will ensure that the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha," he added.

The Lokpal 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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