New Delhi: Barring the Congress, the initiative of Union Government to seek opinion of states and Union territories on Lokpal Bill has not augured well with the other political parties as they have not responded to the questionnaire sent to them by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
National parties like BJP, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have alleged the Centre of neglecting them while formulating the Joint Draft Committee for the Lokpal Bill. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati in a letter to Mukherjee has said, “The opinion seeking format is very unconstitutional.” Parties like BJP, CPM and BJD have also echoed in the same voice.

According to the sources, even though the Congress has completed the formality of responding to the questionnaire, it has not been yet forwarded to the Ministry of Personnel and the feedback has reached the aforesaid ministry, which is also the office for the Joint Draft Committee. The synopsis of the response indicates that Congress which intends to introduce the Lokpal bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament, seems to be on target of political parties.

According to the sources, the Centre had thought to reject the stiff proposals of Anna Hazare in view of the feedback received from all the parties and states.

However, in their response, the political parties have foiled the move of the Congress.

(JPN/ Bureau)