Hazare on Tuesday thanked the political outfits, which helped pass the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. He also appealed to the members of the Lok Sabha to ensure smooth passage of the legislation.
    
“This (passing of the bill) is a revolutionary step. I thank all parties, everybody who supported the bill in the Rajya Sabha with the exception of Samajwadi Party. I also appeal to members of the Lok Sabha to pass the bill. This bill is not Anna's demand alone, the country wants it,” said Hazare.

“Our leaders have begun to realize that the people want a legislation against corruption. I don't say it will stamp out corruption hundred percent but it will definitely bring it down by 40-50 percent. On behalf of the people of country, I pray for passage of the bill so that our country gets a good anti-corruption law,” he added.

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After much delay, the Lokpal Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, marking a step closer to enactment of a new law under which an anti-corruption ombudsman would be set up.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by a voice vote. The bill, which provides for creation of an anti-corruption ombudsman, will be taken up in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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