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Narayanasamy says whip issued to all Congress MPs

December 29, 2011 - New Delhi

Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy on Thursday said a whip has been issued to all Congress Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in the house today during voting and debate on the Lokpal Bill.

With no majority on its own in the Rajya Sabha, Government is making all efforts to get support of members to get the Lokpal Bill passed.

"We are trying to pass this bill with majority. TMC does not wish to implement this bill in their state .It is sure that bill will not be implemented in state without their wish .We have given powers to state government. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is talking with them," Narayanasamy told the media here.

"We are trying to convince them. We are in dialogues with our allies to pass this bill with majority. We are working on the mechanism of the bill," he added.

In a house of 243, the ruling UPA has the clear support of 101 members and needs at least another 21 members to ensure a simple majority for the Bill.

The role of 27 MPs belonging to BSP, SP and RJD, which support the government from outside, becomes crucial because they walked out of the Lok Sabha yesterday before voting. The absence of their support led to the defeat of Constitution Amendment Bill.

In case they absent from Rajya Sabha, the total numbers and the majority required would also come down. The numbers required for simple majority in such a case may come down to 108.

The Lok Sabha passed the much-anticipated Lokpal Bill on Tuesday to create an anti-corruption body. However, it failed to give it a Constitutional status.

The Constitution (116th Amendment) Bill was defeated by a determined Opposition, helped by the absence of parties supporting the government from outside like SP, BSP and RJD.

A Constitution Amendment Bill to be passed should have more than 50 per cent of the members of the House present and of them, two-third support is mandatory.


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