BJP wants Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha with Select Committee recommendations
December 12, 2013 - New Delhi
The Government plans to table the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha on Friday with 13 amendments to the Bill passed by the Lok Sabha last year.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath said on Thursday that the Bill as a priority for the government. He dismissed the BJP's charge that the government is trying to curtail the winter session of Parliament to stall the anti-graft bill.
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart in the RS Arun Jaitley said at a press conference that they were ready to pass the Lokpal Bill without debate if the government agreed to incorporate all the amendments unanimously approved by the Select Committee. They demanded that the amended Bill be passed in the Rajya Sabha on Friday and in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley wanted the government to drop two amendments one that states the Lokpal should be consulted before a CBI officer probing a case is transferred and a second one that mandates the issue of show-cause notice to those against whom a complaint is lodged with the Lokpal.