Govt to extend winter session for Lokpal?
New Delhi, Dec 19 : The Congress-lead United Progressive (UPA) government is likely to table the Lokpal Bill at the Parliament on Wednesday for discussion and may even extend the winter session to pass it.The government is likely to extend the ongoing winter session of the Parliament from Dec 27 to Dec 29 to pass the bill, media reports said on Monday.
The Union Cabinet on Monday is expected to discuss the Lokpal Bill to chalk out the last-minute details of the long-drawn out legislation before it is tabled in the Parliament.
Opposition leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee over the extension of the winter session in order to pass the the Lokpal Bill.
The meeting, which was earlier scheduled for Sunday, comes a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a high-level meeting on the cabinet note that will precede the Bill.
On his way back to India from Russia, Singh said on board the special flight: "We will make every effort to pass the bill in this session. We are working day and night to give shape to the bill."
He said no one should doubt the sincerity of the government on the passage of the Lokpal Bill.
However, unmoved by the assurances, veteran social activist Anna Hazare continued putting pressures on the government and threatened that he would start his proposed fast on December 27 if it fails to pass a strong Lokpal Bill in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament.
Hazare addressed a huge rally in Chennai on Sunday.
Hazare had announced that he would launch a new movement, 'Jail Bharo Andolan' (fill up jail), from January 1 in front of the houses of Member of Parliament (MPs) if they attempt to dilute the Lokpal bill.
"We will fill up jails in New Year," he said.
The winter session of the Parliament will be over on December 23.