At a meeting on Monday evening, the BJP opposed in writing its objection to the appointment of senior Supreme Court lawyer PP Rao as a member of the Lokpal selection panel, who will select the national anti-corruption ombudsman. The party is likely to take the issue to the President.

Rao's name was proposed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. According to media sources, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj opposed Rao’s appointment describing him as a Congress loyalist. She contended that Rao had represented the Congress in courts many times.

As per the rules of Lokpal Bill, a committee involving the PM, the Lok Sabha Speaker, the Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India or his nominee and a fifth member, preferably a judge, appointed by the panel can select the Lokpal and his team.

Swaraj instead forwarded the names of former attorney general K Parasaran, former solicitor general Harish Salve and eminent jurist Fali Nariman for selection as a fifth member of the Lokpal selection panel.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Justice HL Dattu, who was been nominated by the Chief Justice of India to represent him on the panel, all voted in favour of Rao.

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