Lokpal Debate

  • Can Anna Hazare repeat the magic of 2011? May 1, 2012

    Anna Hazare on Tuesday started his campaign for a strong Lokayukta in Maharashtra from the popular temple town Shirdi. ...
  • Resume debate on Lokpal: Jaitley in Rajya Sabha March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the Lokpal Bill issue in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday demanding that the debate on the bill be resumed. "The debate must continue on the Lokpal Bill in the House according to the rules," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said. He...
  • 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...
  • Our movement will go on, says Kiran Bedi December 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Team Anna member Kiran Bedi reacted to the Lokpal debate in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Friday saying that she saw the best and the worst of speeches. She added that their movement for a strong Lokpal Bill would go on. ...
  • 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...
  • Dubious role of Oppn parties exposed: DMK December 28, 2011

    New Delhi: The DMK on Tuesday night attacked the Opposition parties for defeating the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal saying it exposed their "dubious" role. DMK Parliamentary Party leader TR Baalu said that parties like BJP, AIADMK and Left parties wanted a strong Lokpal bill but they have been exposed...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Lokpal debate: The big questions December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: As the Lokpal Bill gets set to be introduced in Parliament for a fiery debate on Tuesday, some of the big questions that could prove crucial to the Government are: - Whether the Government is serious about passing the Lokpal Bill? - Is the Government only concerned about passing...
  • Cong, BJP issue whips as Anna gears up for fast December 26, 2011

    New Delhi: As the final countdown for the Lokpal Bill debate in Parliament begins, political parties are leaving no stones unturned to ensure that they are seen to be backing a strong anti-corruption legislation. The Congress and the BJP have issued whips to party MPs to be present in Parliament during...
  • Cong, BJP issue whips for the Lokpal debate December 26, 2011

    New Delhi: Both Congress and BJP issued whips on Monday, asking all its members to be present in the Lok Sabha during the Lokpal Bill debate. A three-line whip has been issued to the BJP MPs to be present when the Lokpal Bill comes up for discussion in Parliament, sources said. A...
  • Passing the Lokpal Bill set to be an uphill task December 26, 2011

    New Delhi: With so many political parties finding faults with several provisions of the Lokpal Bill, passing the anti-corruption legislation is going to be a mammoth task. The latest announcement by BJP says that it plans to introduce 37 amendments to the Bill when it is introduced in Parliament on...
  • Anna's NGO finds fast venue charge 'shocking' December 20, 2011

    Mumbai: India Against Corruption, the NGO spearheading Anna Hazare's proposed fast in Mumbai, on Tuesday expressed shock at the prohibitive cost of hiring the MMRDA ground and asked the Maharashtra government to waive it entirely or allow use of Azad Maidan for the agitation. "We were shocked to find that...
  • Will the Govt bend under Anna pressure? December 12, 2011

    New Delhi: The UPA found itself isolated on Sunday when Anna Hazare sat on a token fast at Jantar Mantar and virtually every opposition party used his platform to embarrass the Government. The UPA is now eager to bring its constituents and the Opposition on board. Sources say that the Union...
  • We request political parties to join us: Anna December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday requested all the political parties to join him in his fight for the implementation of a strong Lokpal Bill. "Our struggle has got more power today by our guests who have come here and expressed their views. There are good people in politics...
  • Survey: Who should come under the Lokpal? December 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has returned to the national capital for what will be his third fast on the Lokpal issue for the year. Anna will sit on a one-day token fast at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. What is your opinion? Send in your views and comments. ...
  • FDI in retail will 'enslave' India: Anna Hazare November 30, 2011

    Ralegan Siddhi: Opposing FDI in the retail sector, activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said the move would lead to enslavement of the countrymen and will not benefit the farmers as claimed by the government. "If people are saying it (FDI) should not happen, why are you insisting? The British came to...
  • Govt hasn't made any mistakes: Khurshid August 28, 2011

    In Devil's Advocate this week, Karan Thapar speaks to Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and asks him if the government made serious mistakes in their handling of Anna Hazare and his protest against corruption. Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How does the government defend itself against what many...
  • Anna to end his fast, but continue protest August 28, 2011

    New Delhi: After 12 long days of fasting, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare will break his fast on Sunday at 10 am. In the end it was a win-win situation for both sides. After a nine-hour long debate in Parliament on Saturday, the government stuck to its stand and did not...