Lokpal Flashpoint

  • A wrong decision can be disastrous: Kejriwal January 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Days after its much publicised agitation in Mumbai and Delhi fizzled out, Team Anna appears to be confused on how to take forward the fight for a strong Lokpal saying the movement is at "crossroads" and a wrong decision at this stage can prove disastrous for it. Though it...
  • 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...
  • Lokpal fiasco: BJP leaders to meet Prez today January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: A high level BJP delegation is set to meet President Prathiba Patil on Thursday to register an official protest over the Lokpal Bill fiasco that took place in the Rajya Sabha on December 29. The delegation will be led by senior BJP Leader LK Advani and BJP President Nitin...
  • Lokpal Bill not well thought out: Amartya Sen January 3, 2012

    Kolkata: Nobel laureate and eminent economist Amartya Sen said the Lokpal Bill presented in Parliament recently was not 'well thought out'. "I personally do not think the Lokpal Bill, as it came out, is well thought out," Sen told a gathering here last night on the occasion of screening of ...
  • Lokpal: Khurshid favours reaching out to Oppn January 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid has favoured reaching out to the Opposition as also allies on the issue of Lokpal and other issues and dismissed suggestions that Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee was a 'difficult customer'. Even as the slugfest continued between the Congress and the BJP over the Lokpal...
  • 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...
  • Is it time for Team Anna to pause their agitation for now? January 2, 2012

    As Anna Hazare recuperates in hospital, doctors have advised him not to fast for at least one month. ...
  • BJP not doing constructive politics: Congress January 2, 2012

    Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said that the ruling party is committed to a strong Lokpal Bill. ...
  • Congress, BJP resume Lokpal fight in new year January 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday resumed trading charges on the Lokpal bill, holding each other responsible for the bill not being passed by parliament during its winter session. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari accused the BJP of playing "negative politics" and creating an atmosphere of mistrust...
  • Govt indulged in false campaign against us: BJP January 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The BJP on Monday blamed the government for indulging in false campaign against the party on the Lokpal Bill. "Government is indulged in false campaign against the BJP on Lokpal bill. Why discussion was not started on Lokpal on the second day of special session in Rajya Sabha? Why...
  • Lokpal Bill: Cong playing with fire, says TMC January 1, 2012

    Kolkata: Stating that the Congress was playing with fire by ignoring it, the Trinamool Congress on Sunday said it will not compromise with the central government over the Lokayukta clause in the Lokpal Bill as it hurts the independence of states. "If I am not wrong we have brought 37 amendments...
  • RJD vows to continue opposing Lokpal Bill January 1, 2012

    Patna: RJD on Monday vowed to continue opposing the government's current Lokpal Bill that "lacked provisions" for reservation and sought to bring the Prime Minister within its ambit. "The RJD will continue to oppose the current Lokpal Bill that lacks provisions for reservation. We also seek to bring the Prime Minister...
  • Anna supporters pray for his health at Rajghat January 1, 2012

    New Delhi: As Anna Hazare recuperates in a Pune hospital, his supporters in the capital on Sunday held a prayer meeting at Rajghat for his health and vowed to make Jan Lokpal a reality this year. Volunteers and other members of India Against Corruption converged at Rajghat here and prayed...
  • Trinamool rules out compromise on Lokpal Bill January 1, 2012

    Kolkata: Hardening its stand on the Lokpal Bill, UPA ally Trinamool Congress on Sunday ruled out any compromise on the Lokayukta provision and said the government should have faced voting in the Rajya Sabha. "Trinamool Congress is not going to compromise on the federal structure of the Constitution and amendments...
  • Team Anna not behind black flags shown to PM: Ilmi January 1, 2012

    Showing black flags to the prime minister was the people's own reaction, Team Anna member Shazia Ilmi said. ...
  • Docs advise Anna not to fast for at least 1 month January 1, 2012

    Pune: The health of Anna Hazare, who has been admitted to a private hospital in Pune after suffering from viral infection, is improving. However, doctors attending him said on Sunday that Hazare will need to remain in hospital for a week. The doctors have also advised him not to go...
  • Black flags should be shown to BJP: Congress January 1, 2012

    New Delhi: The prime minister being shown black flags by Anna Hazare's supporters in Amritsar was an "unfortunate incident", the Congress said on Sunday, adding that people should protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for stalling the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. "It is an unfortunate incident. People should...
  • Anna Hazare's condition improving, say doctors January 1, 2012

    Pune: The health of Anna Hazare, who has been admitted to a private hospital here after suffering from viral infection, is improving but he will need to remain in hospital for a week and not go on fast for at least one month, doctors attending on him said on Sunday. ...
  • Lalu didn't tell me to tear Lokpal Bill: Rajniti January 1, 2012

    New Delhi: RJD MP Rajniti Prasad on Sunday rubbished BJP's allegation that Lalu Prasad had "orchestrated" his action of tearing the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, saying his party chief had not tutored him to do so. "Laluji had not tutored me to take any such action (tearing the Lokpal Bill),"...
  • Content of bills matter, not numbers: Bedi to govt December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh counselled patience on effecting various laws to counter corruption, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Saturday night reminded the government that it is not the number of bills but its content which matter in this regard. "With great respect towards the Prime Minister,...
  • Anna Hazare taken to Sancheti hospital in Pune December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has been taken to Sancheti hospital in Pune on Saturday night, as he is suffering from severe chest congestion. Hazare's health has worsened since he ended his fast on December 28. Owing to Hazare's ill health, the core committee meeting of Team Anna slated to...
  • Anna Hazare to be hospitalised in Pune tomorrow December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: The health of Anna Hazare has worsened since he ended his fast on December 28 and sources on Saturday said that he has been advised to get admitted in a hospital in Pune. Anna will be admitted in Sancheti hospital in Pune on Sunday. With Anna's health deteriorating, Team...
  • BJP blames Lalu and Cong for Lokpal fiasco December 31, 2011

    Patna: BJP on Saturday charged RJD chief Lalu Prasad with playing a "villainous" role at the behest of Congress to ensure that the Lokpal Bill was not passed in the Rajya Sabha. "Laluji plays a villainous role in the script written by Congress to ensure...
  • Advani questions PM's 'conspiratorial silence' December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Lokpal fiasco in Rajya Sabha, alleging that he had chosen "conspiratorial silence and acquiescence" while the government ran away from a vote on the Bill. In a statement issued on Saturday, Advani said, "For...
  • Congress defends Ansari, says allegations wrong December 31, 2011

    Congress leader Rashid Alvi said the the BJP doesn't know the constitution and such allegations made on Rajya Sabha Chairperson is wrong. ...
  • There was no fixing, Lokpal not defeated yet: PC December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday lashed out at the BJP saying if the party had the numbers in the Lok Sabha, it would not have allowed the Bill to be passed. "The BJP did not support the Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha. What happened in the Lok...
  • 'Ansari avoided Constitutional crisis on Lokpal' December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, who is in the line of fire from Opposition over Lokpal Bill, actually avoided Constitutional crisis by adjourning the House sine die on Thursday midnight. Sources in Rajya Sabha have said that convening and adjourning the House is the sole prerogative of the government. Sources...
  • Lokpal not dead, will be back soon: Cong December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Smarting under Opposition attack over the issue of Lokpal Bill, Congress on Saturday insisted that the measure is not dead and will be back soon. "Lokpal Bill is certainly not dead. It is not even in ICU or Emergency. It is merely under rest and recovery (R and R)...
  • Team Anna core committee meet postponed December 31, 2011

    Mumbai: The core committee meeting of Team Anna, scheduled to be held at Ralegan Siddhi on January 2 and 3, has been postponed due to the Anna Hazare's health, his aides said on Saturday. "The core committee meeting has been postponed due to Annaji's ill health. The date of next meeting...
  • Govt may redraft Lokpal to address allies' concerns December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament in February, the government is set to refine and redraft the Lokpal Bill in order to address the concerns of allies, especially on the issue of Lokayuktas in states and control of CBI. The government will use the time in January...