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Lokpal Bill report – Tabled in Parliament, Anna slams PM

New Delhi, Dec 9 (): The Parliamentary panel after examining the Lokpal Bill on Friday submitted its report on the legislation to set up an anti-corruption ombudsman to Parliament.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Public Grievances and Personnel submitted the report on Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Earlier on Wednesday, Singhvi said that the extensive report on the Lokpal Bill has been adopted and is ready to be tabled in both Houses of Parliament as early as possible.

Committee member Pinaki Misra tabled the report in the Lok Sabha. The report was tabled two days before Anna Hazare sat on a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar.

Singhvi said the report addresses 25 key issues. “This report addresses some 25 odd issues. On a large number of issues there is convergence, on some issues there is divergence but on different issues there is different kind of divergence by different members, all is reflected,” said Singhvi.

“One issue in particular has been left to the wisdom of parliament, after sketching out the options, we hope and trust that the intensity of our deliberations over a long period of time will prove productive for parliament to dwell on these issues and to finally pass a law which will be the most in the national interest,” he added.

Anna Hazare has rejected the Lokpal Bill draft prepared by the Parliament Standing Committee headed by Abhishek Manu Singhvi claiming that the panel has insulted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by ignoring his letter in which he had assured Team Anna that the Government was committed to a strong anti-corruption body.

“There are many Prime Ministers in the Cabinet and they don’t listen to Manmohan Singh. If the Prime Minister wanted, he could have brought a strong Lokpal Act. It’s dangerous to have such a weak Prime Minister,” he said.

Hazare blamed Union HRD and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister P Chidambaram for the “confusion” over Lokpal. He announced that he would campaign against Sibal in his constituency.

“If a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed, I will campaign against the Congress party during 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Gandhian activist is all set to hold a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar on December 11 to press for a strong anti-graft legislation.

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