PM: Wants Broad Consensus, Strong And Effective Lokpal

BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter

New Delhi: The Government is committed to a strong and effective Lokpal, but wants to have abroad national consensus on the issue, affirmed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He, however, added that the legislative process takes its time.

Speaking to the media for the first time after Anna Hazare’s fast began yesterday at the Ramlila Ground, Dr Singh said: “The government is in favour of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill. There is a lot of scope of give and take. There is a dynamics in the legislative process and it takes time for a bill to be passed. We must all work together to push forward the case of a strong and effective Lokpal.”

He however refused to make any comment on the bill to “controvert anyone.”

The government is trying to convince Team Anna to come to table again, but Arvind Kejriwal told in an interview that there is not much scope for talks.

Prashant Bhushan, however, hinted that they are willing to discuss if suggestions come.

Salman Khurshid, has earlier suggested that the Jan Lokpal Bill can still come in the parliament as Private Member Bill.

“The private members bill is a system under which any member could bring his suggestion in front of the Parliament. If it would get votes, then that suggestion would become law,” Khurshid had said.


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