Lokpal Bill passed in Lok Sabha Finally

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Manju Shukla
Date  18 Dec.2013
Finally Lokpal Bill passed in Lok Sabha .The lower house had allocated four hours to debate the Bill, which proposes a national ombudsman to investigate wrongdoing in government, but wrapped it up in less than an hour and voted on it, amid slogan-shouting by some members.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, appeared to target the ruling Congress as she criticized attempts to take credit for pushing the Lokpal Bill.

"People are lining up to take credit, but there is an old man who keeps fasting for the bill and appeals to our collective conscience. And then the people of this country deserve credit," she said.

"It is our responsibility to complete our unfinished fight against corruption," said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, whose party plans to make the Lokpal law a feather in its cap ahead of the national election due by May.

The government`s key ally Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party staged a strategic walkout after slamming the Bill. The party was yesterday talked into backing down on its threat to block the Bill at any cost.

"In a democracy the people`s representatives are supreme. This Bill will allow a policeman to come and harass us. Have MPs and MLAs not been convicted under existing laws?" Mr Yadav said, urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to speak up on the proposed law.

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