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Sonia says real face of BJP has come to the fore

December 28, 2011 - New Delhi

Criticising the main opposition for not voting in favour of making Lokpal a Constitutional body, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the real face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to the fore.

"I am very happy that Lokpal Bill was passed in Lok Sabha and as far as the Constitutional status is concerned, the BJP had actually committed to the Constitutional status in the standing committee but yesterday, we saw the real face of BJP. The strength we wanted to give to the Lokpal Bill, they refused to that and voted against it," Gandhi told the media here.

Earlier, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee slammed the opposition parties for rejecting Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi proposal, calling it as a sad day for the democracy.

"The Constitutional status to the Lokpal Bill has been defeated, requisite majority we did not have and it is known to everybody. We have simple majority and it is a sad day that the Lok Sabha did not give Constitutional status to Lokpal and to the Lokayukta ... they have defeated knowing fully well that in this house we do not have the two third majority; therefore they have taken the advantage of that. It is a sad day for democracy," Mukherjee added.

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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