New Delhi: Government on Friday projected the BJP as the villain in Rajya Sabha's failure to pass the Lokpal Bill on Thursday and accused it of choreographing the fiasco but refrained from blaming key UPA constituent Trinamool Congress which had moved several amendments.

Under attack over the way Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die abruptly amid high drama, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal put up a brave face claiming that the government did not want the Lokpal Bill to become a "laughing stock".

Asserting that Government will bring back the measure to establish an anti-corruption watchdog in the Budget session, the minister said that the bill could not be passed on Thursday due to as many as 187 amendments proposed by various parties.

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He claimed that the BJP made "two mistakes", the first being voting against the Constitutional amendment in the Lok Sabha to grant constitutional status to Lokpal and the second was to give a large number of amendments to the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

This was because the BJP was a party to the 'sense of the House' resolution and in fact the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley had been its author.

"Opposition is not willing to play ball. They would much like the country to fail than government succeed. Their strategy is support Anna and defeat Lokpal Bill," Bansal said.

Downplaying the Trinamool Congress' opposition to appointment of Lokayuktas in the states and its demand to delete the relevant clauses from the Lokpal Bill, he said a government amendment in the bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha on the issue. Besides, he said the government needed time to talk to the ally.
Echoing similar sentiments, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy said the Lokpal Bill will "definitely" be brought before the Rajya Sabha during the Budget session.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh defended the move of sine die adjournment of Rajya Sabha saying extension of the House on Thursday night was not possible.
Singh tweeted this morning saying "187 Amendments given till 6 pm on the day of debate and those too contradictory to each other. Extension of the House is not within powers of RS (Rajya Sabha)."

He also said, now that government has time, it must "try and bring about consensus and pass a strong implementable Lokpal Bill."

Narayanasamy said after going through the amendments, the government will take a call on what to accept and what to reject and get back to the Opposition parties.
Referring to the amendments moved by key UPA partner Trinamool Congress on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Narayanasamy said its reservations are regarding the appointment of Lokayuktas in the states and "they have no grievances against Lokpal."

But at the same time the minister said Trinamool was part of the Cabinet decision to clear the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill introduced in Lok Sabha a few days ago.
"They voted with us in the Lok Sabha though they had some reservations about the Constitutional amendment...we are talking to them...there is still some time and we will bring them around," he said.

Speaking separately, Law Minister Salman Khurshid accused BJP of not speaking about its problems on Lokpal Bill before the debate on it in Rajya Sabha and sought to know from the party why it did not ask for the legislation to be put to vote with limited discussion.

(Agencies)