Lokpal Draft

  • Lokpal: BJP meets Prez, asks for special session January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: A high level BJP delegation on Thursday submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding reconvening of Parliament session so that voting is conducted on the Lokpal Bill. The delegation, led by senior BJP Leader LK Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari, also registered an official protest over the...
  • BJP delegation to meet President over Lokpal January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: A BJP delegation is expected to call on President Prathiba Patil on Tuesday to register an official protest over the Lokpal Bill fiasco that took place in the Rajya Sabha on December 29. The high-level delegation will be led by senior BJP leader LK Advani and party President Nitin...
  • Will the Lokpal Bill ever become a reality? December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After an abrupt midnight end to the Rajya Sabha session and embarrassing allegation of an orchestrated chaos, the Government said it will ensure that the Lokpall Bill is passed in the Budget Session. It now seems ready to remove the 'Lokayukta' clause from the Bill, but after the scenes...
  • UPA finds Mamata tougher than expected December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After UPA constituent Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday joined hands with the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha to go against the Government over the Lokpal Bill, the question raised is - has Mamata Banerjee just proved to be a difficult ally or has the Congress just failed to...
  • Somnath defends UPA's Lokpal stand in RS December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has defended the Government's decision to avoid voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition and the Trinamool Congress joined hands to stall the Bill. "Those who did not allow Parliament to function for days in and days out...
  • UPA, Cong committed a fraud on democracy: BJP December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad has severely criticised the Congress and the ruling UPA Government for orchestrating the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha so that no voting on the Lokpal Bill could take place. "The UPA Government and the Congress has committed a fraud on the democracy," said Prasad. The...
  • Govt has no authority to continue: Jaitley December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After the upper House was adjourned on Thursday midnight without voting on the Lokpal Bill, the Leader of Oppositon in Rajya Sabha and BJP leader Arun Jaitley criticised the Government for staging the drama and asked for immediate resignation of the UPA Government. "It (the Government) has no right...
  • Lokpal: Narayanasamy defends Govt, attacks Oppn December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Replying to the Lokpal debate in the Rajya Sabha on behalf of the ruling Congress, Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy on Thursday defended the Government over the Lokpal Bill and attacked the former NDA over the issue. "Confiscation of property before conviction is a path breaking provision....
  • Lokpal Bill could be deferred to next RS session December 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha is looking increasingly unlikely. The government is believed to have raised the point of a midnight limit on proceedings. With 18 speakers yet to deliver their speeches as of 9.40 PM, and a staggering 205 amendments awaiting discussion, the...
  • Bring media under the Lokpal: Samajwadi Party December 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Taking part in the Lokpal debate in the Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday opposed the Lokpal Bill in the present form and objected on the issue of bringing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the purview of the Lokpal. "We oppose the Bill...
  • Govt should resign on moral ground: BJP December 28, 2011

    New Delhi: With the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal failing in Lok Sabha, the BJP on Tuesday night demanded resignation of the UPA Government on moral grounds. "Government should resign on moral grounds. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has no moral right to continue in office," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters...
  • Lokpal fails to get constitutional status December 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Government suffered a major embarrassment in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday night when the House defeated the Bill giving the Lokpal a constitutional status. The Bill, which was an idea of Rahul Gandhi to give constitutional status to Lokpal, failed to muster the required two-third majority of those...
  • Cong slams Team Anna, Oppn; BJP hits back December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday came down heavily on Team Anna and the Opposition over the Lokpal Bill during the debate in the Lok Sabha. While the Prime Minister was moderate in his attack, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's speech was harsher. Attacking Team Anna, Tharoor said, "It's time to tell...
  • Govt is corrupt, not sincere about Lokpal: BJP December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, in his speech during the Lokpal Bill debate in Lok Sabha on Tuesday described the UPA Government as 'the most corrupt Government' and said it is knowingly doing unconstitutional things. "The Government is knowingly doing unconstitutional things. The most corrupt Government is in power today,"...
  • Tabled Lokpal Bill should be trashed: SAD December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Describing the Lokpal Bill that has been table in Parliament as useless and toothless, Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur said that the Bill should be trashed and a new Bill need to be introduced. During the Lokpal debate in Lok Sabha, Kaur said, "Tabled Bill should be trashed....
  • Govt attaching too much importance to some: CPI December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: The CPI on Tuesday welcomed the Lokpal Bill, but said that the party will not support the Bill in the present form. Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, CPI leader Gurudas Das Gupta, said "There is departure. The Prime Minis has already spoken." "He (Manmohan Singh) provoked controversy....
  • Govt wants to weaken the Constitution: CPI (M) December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia on Tuesday advocated that Lokpal should have an independent investigative agency. He said that the government wants to weaken the constitution with this bill. "We attended 3 all-party meetings, we gave many suggestions. If Lokpal does not have its own investigative agency, what will Lokpal...
  • Withdraw Lokpal Bill, it's flawed: BJP December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday demanded that the Lokpal Bill should be withdrawn, claiming that there were flaws and inconsistencies in the proposed legislation to deal with corruption. "The Bill should be withdrawn. No need to pass it in a hurry. Send it...
  • BJP, Lalu protest as Lokpal Bill debate begins December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: The debate over the Lokpal Bill began in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Union MoS in the PMO V Narayanasamy moved the Bill in the Lok Sabha. Narayanasamy said, "There is a need for the Legislation of Lokpal. 2010 AICC session gave a clear signal to it. We removed discretionary...
  • Govt's Lokpal not appropriate: Aruna Roy December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Aruna Roy-led NCPRI on Tuesday attacked the Lokpal Bill for its "lack of appropriateness", saying it does not provide for adequate independence for the ombudsman or power to investigate cases. In its critique of the Bill, the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) said the appropriateness of...
  • Anna an RSS agent, Army deserter: Congress December 25, 2011

    New Delhi: The knives are out between the Congress Party and Team Anna, a day after the Election Commission announced dates for polls to be held in February and March in five states including Uttar Pradesh. Congress spokespersons Rashid Alvi and Digvijay Singh are calling Anna Hazare an RSS agent,...
  • We want a 'real' anti-corruption law: Anna to PM December 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Sunday wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister and MPs, saying that the Lokpal and Lokayuktas must be able to carry out independent investigations. "The Lokpal and Lokayuktas must be able to suo moto initiate their own investigations, without a complaint or reference from anyone....
  • Lalu Prasad at his witty best in Lok Sabha December 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Lalu Prasad was at his irrepressible best in the Lok Sabha on Thursday as he used his rustic wit and humour to send a message against rushing through the Lokpal Bill, taking potshots at Anna Hazare and his Team. "Don't put the noose around your neck," the RJD chief appealed...
  • Has govt made a mistake in introducing quota in Lokpal? December 22, 2011

    The Lokpal Bill provides for minority reservation in the Lokpal bench. ...
  • Know your Lokpal: questions related to the Bill December 22, 2011

    Experts share their insights into the Lokpal Bill, which was on Thursday introduced in the Parliament. ...
  • Quota in Lokpal just a red herring: Sorabjee December 22, 2011

    New Delhi: In an interview to CNN-IBN, fomer attorney general Soli Sorabjee said that Team Anna should give Parliament a chance and that the quota issue is just a red herring. Here is the transcript of the full interview: Parikshit Luthra:Sir, you have seen the government's draft of the Lokpal bill, it...
  • Govt's motive on Lokpal highly suspicious: BJP December 22, 2011

    Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said that the government's Lokpal Bill is very weak. ...
  • We want a strong and effective Lokpal Bill: TDP December 22, 2011

    TDP leader Nama Nageswara Rao on Thursday said that the intention of the MPs should be to pass the Lokpal Bill. ...
  • We oppose the concept of Lokpal: Shiv Sena December 22, 2011

    We should not take wrong step in the name of curbing the corruption, Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete said. ...
  • We cannot surrender sovereignty of Parliament: CPI December 22, 2011

    We cannot surrender sovereignty of the Parliament because someone is threatening, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said. ...