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Dec 14, 2013 at 07:31pm IST

BJP accuses Congress of doublespeak on Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday hit out at the Congress for doublespeak on the Lokpal Bill saying that it has changed its stand on Lokpal several times.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, said, "Report of the select committee on Lokpal came out one year ago, but nothing was done by the UPA government."

Insisting that the BJP was always supportive for a strong Lokpal Bill, Jaitley said that his party will support the Bill even without a discussion. "The Bill should be passed in Parliament on Monday. BJP is even willing to pass this Bill without any discussion in the House, in case any Congress ally does not allow House to function," Arun Jaitley stressed.

Earlier, on saturday evening, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed party's firm support for the Lokpal Bill saying that it is committed in the fight against corruption.

"The Congress party fully supports the Lokpal Bill. We have a strong Bill on which we have consensus," said Rahul Gandhi who was flanked by senior ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal while addressing media on Lokpal bill.

Speaking on the progress of the Lokpal Bill, which has been tabled in the Rajya Sabha but is yet to be passed, the Congress leader said, "We are 99 per cent there. If we get the support of political parties we can pass this Bill. Lokpal is a matter of national importance, we need other parties' help."

It seems ahead of the 2014 general elections no party wants to be held responsible for delaying the contentitious Lokpal Bill.