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Nitish Kumar opposes forcing of Constitutional amendment

December 28, 2011 - Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said Congress Party cannot force a constitutional amendment in Parliament.

Taking a dig at the central government, he added that the Congress Party does not even enjoy a full majority in Parliament to think of passing a constitutional amendment.

"Under the constitutional procedures, Parliament made this law, it has been passed in the Lok Sabha and it will go to the Rajya Sabha. The law that is made should be respected, but nobody asked to give it a constitutional status. It is a brainchild of the Congress Party," said Kumar.

His remarks came in the backdrop of Congress Party charging the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to endorse its commitment to vote in favour of making the Lokpal a Constitutional body.

The Lok Sabha passed the much-anticipated Lokpal Bill on Tuesday to create an anti-corruption body.

The proposal of providing a Constitutional status for Lokpal, Constitution (116th Amendment) Bill, failed to muster the required two-third majority of those present in the Lok Sabha.

Further commenting on certain other developments, Nitish Kumar blamed the Congress for attacking the federal structure of the country through the proposed Lokpal Bill.

"The states have the right to make their own laws. We had already made a law for it. We even repealed an old law and implemented a new one in its place. So they should abstain from all this. Whenever the Congress Party has been in power in the centre, then it always attacks the federal structure of country. They should refrain from this," added Nitish Kumar.


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