Lok Sabha on Tuesday night passed the Lokpal Bill by voice vote with the Left parties, SP and BSP walking out in protest before the voting. This was one of the new debated bills both inside and outer Parliament in recent times.
With Anna Hazare’s fear driving the stance of political parties on Lokpal bill, Shiv Sena stuck to its strong opposition to the anti-graft crusader with the party coming out strongly against the idea of ombudsman.
During the animated over 10-hour debate on lokpal bill, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked parties to ‘rise above partisan politics’ to present to the people of the country that ‘this House means business’ in its effort to combat corruption.
Sena MP Anant Geete, breaking ranks with ally BJP, which has emerged strong votary for Lokpal bill, argued that it would be a super-constitutional body that would threaten democracy.
Allaying fears of several parties, including UPA constituents Trinamool and DMK, that the provision for setting up Lokayuktas was an ‘attack’ on federal structure, he said the government had made amendments stating that notification would not be issue without the consent of state governments in subject of lokpal bill.