New Delhi: BJP has decided to press for the inclusion of Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter under Lokpal at the all-party meeting on Wednesday and will move amendment in the Bill after consultation with other parties in case the government does not accept its proposals. Mayawati wants PM, CBI, Group C employees in Lokpal ambit (Agencies)
This was decided at the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting here on Tuesday which was presided over by L K Advani. Leaders of opposition in both Houses Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were also present.
"Tomorrow the government has called an all-party meeting on Lokpal Bill. Our members have already given a dissent note before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill. We will press for that in tomorrow's meeting. If they don't agree, then we will try and bring amendment in the Lokpal Bill after consultation with other political parties," BJP leader S S Ahluwalia said.
He said important issues are likely to come up in Parliament in the coming days, which include the Lokpal Bill and BJP has decided to tell all its MPs to be present in full strength.
When asked if a whip has been issued to its MPS in this regard, Ahluwalia said, "Yes, a whip has been issued to ensure their presence in Parliament till December 22."
Ahluwalia said, "we have decided to bring an adjournment motion on blackmoney to be moved by L K Advani in the Lok Sabha" and said there will be discussion on the issue.
Accusing the Congress of being soft on corruption, UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday demanded that the Prime Minister, CBI, Group C and D employees be brought under the ambit of Lokpal and vowed to oppose the bill in its present form.
Citing the Commonwealth, 2G and Adarsh Society scams, she said that Congress' "lackadaisical policy indicates that it does not want to create a strong mechanism against corruption as maximum leaders and ministers of that party would be affected".
"Prime Minister, CBI, Group C and D employees should be brought under Lokpal Bill which should be strong and effective one", the chief minister said.
Babasaheb Ambedkar had framed the Constitution after considering all aspects and the Lokpal Bill should be in keeping with the federal structure of the Constitution and not against its basic spirit, Mayawati said, adding the draft for the bill should be prepared with consensus of all parties.
Mayawati, who stressed on making all provisions of the bill clear so that it could be understood by common people and not remain confined to a selected few, promised the support of her party only if suggestions put forward by the BSP are taken into account.
"All these things would also be put forward in the all party meeting by the BSP and if they are not taken into consideration BSP would oppose it all all levels", she warned.
Terming the draft of the Lokpal Bill prepared by the standing committee of Parliament as "weak", she stressed on the need for bringing the CBI under the ambit of Lokpal, saying "It (CBI) has often been misused by the central government. I am myself a victim of this".
New Delhi: BJP has decided to press for the inclusion of Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter under Lokpal at the all-party meeting on Wednesday and will move amendment in the Bill after consultation with other parties in case the government does not accept its proposals.
Mayawati wants PM, CBI, Group C employees in Lokpal ambit