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Team Anna solicits parties’ views on Lokpal Bill

NEW DELHI: Team Anna’s letter to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi points out that that PM Singh’s government did not listen to the people’s voice on Lokpal, but was quick to address the

Published: 23rd January 2012 01:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:20 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Team Anna’s letter to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi points out that that PM Singh’s government did not listen to the people’s voice on Lokpal, but was quick to address the concerns he raised. The letter also says the government did not honour the commitment of Parliament but when the Congress scion demanded Constitutional status for the ombudsman it readily listened.

The letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari asks him whether he is not in agreement with all sections of the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Law. It also questions him on why his party did not insist that the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar in (where the BJP is a coalition partner) bring in a strong Lokayukta Law, such as the one passed by the BJP government

in Uttarakhand.

The letter also asks him why the BJP changed tacks on bringing Lokayuktas through the Lokpal Bill. The letter also asks the BJP why the party failed to move an amendment to ensure autonomy of the CBI in the Lok Sabha (this was done in the Rajya Sabha), although Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj mentioned this in her speech.

Team Anna also found fault with BSP chief Mayawati for not opposing the Bill in the Standing Committee and staging a walkout in the Lok Sabha which, they alleged, helped the UPA government pass it in the Lower House. The letter also asks her about the constraints that forced her to field tainted candidates in the present elections.

The letter to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asks him if he would go with the Congress or the BJP after the UP elections. It also questions why he walked out of the Lok Sabha despite raising objections in the Standing Committee.

All the letters talk about the CBI not getting autonomy in the present scheme of things, and also bring up issue of the “sense of the House” and how it was not reflected in the final Bill moved in Parliament.

The letters also say that the Land Acquisition Bill is the next frontier where corruption has to be fought.



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