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Dec 19, 2011 at 10:35pm IST

Quota in Lokpal a political stunt?

New Delhi: The clamour for inclusion of quota in the Lokpal Bill is becoming louder as the Government agrees to introduce the Bill in Parliament in the winter session itself.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan have reiterated their demand for reservation in Lokpal - while the BJP has called it a political stunt.

Team Anna meanwhile has been silent on the issue that many be seen as a recipe for disaster.

The proposed Lokpal will also have a constitutional status but with Mulayam, Lalu and Mayawati strongly pitching for quota in the anti-graft watchdog, 50 per cent of the seats will be reserved for weaker sections and minorities.

"Don't think the Government is dangling carrot, but how can demand of 165 MPs on reservation be ignored? We will carry on our agitation, even as Anna used a Dalit girl to break his fast," said Ram Vilas Paswan.

The OBC leadership from Bihar and UP had opposed even the women's reservation bill for not extending reservation policy to the law proposing to reserve seats in Parliament.

With Anna Hazare staying firm on the Lokpal deadline and even a large sections of the SC-ST MPs from other parties extending support, the government has yielded to the demand.

CPI MP D Raja said, "Lokpal is going to look after the grievances of the people and this section consists of the majority of the people."

It's clearly a break from convention, with a bill to set up a constitutional body is providing for reservation in it, though constitutionally the government is well within its rights to take the call on reserving seats in a statutory body.

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