"Congress often changed stand on Lokpal Bill"

New Delhi, Dec 14 : A day when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said the government is committed to pass a strong anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the party is ready to pass it in the Parliament even without a debate on the matter.

Jaitley slammed the Congress and said the ruling party has often changed its stand on the issue.

"The government seems to have changed its stand again on the Lokpal Bill issue," Jaitley told media.

"The bill should be passed in Parliament on Monday....In case the Congress and its allies do not allow the House to function then we are ready to pass it without a debate," he said.

While the Bill was stalled in Lok Sabha by the Samajwadi Party on Friday and social activist Anna Hazare is on a fast in his native village in Maharashtra to demand a strong anti-corruption law in the form of Lokpal, Rahul Gandhi along with party stalwarts like P Chidambaram on Saturday addressed the media and assured passage of the bill at the earliest.

"Our job is to give this country a powerful Lokpal Bill. What we need, we are 99 percent there. What we need is one percent movement from political parties in this country.
If we work together we can finish and deliver the Lokpal," he told reporters at the Congress headquarters here.

"We should put aside small little differences we have and get together," said Gandhi.

Meanwhile, Anna Hazare on Saturday said he was happy with the amended draft Lokpal Bill, reports said.

AAP architect Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "I m really surprised. How can Anna accept sarkari lokpal bill? Sarkari lokpal is a "jokepal". Who is misguiding Anna?"

"So why did Anna agree for such a jokepal? Which forces are misleading him? I am really sad...Whatever Anna may say, we will continue our fight for janlokpal bill till our last breath," he said.

The bill will be taken up for passage in Parliament on Monday but the Samajwadi Party (SP) of Mulayam Singh Yadav has already threatened to support a no-confidence motion on the Telangana issue by some Congress Andhra Pradesh lawmakers, apparently in case the Congresses pressed them too hard with the Lokpal Bill, which in its present form is not accepted by SP.

SP supports the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from outside.

--IBNS (Posted on 15-12-2013)

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