New Delhi: Along with the much hyped NCTC row, the UPA government is in a piquant position over passing the controversial anti-graft Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session.

The bill was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha in the Winter Session amid uproar during last year. But soon after its introduction in the RS the House was adjourned sine die following strong objections of the Opposition members.

When asked about passing the Bill in the current session, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday denied commenting on this matter and said, “It is the Opposition which is responsible for the ill fate of the crucial Bill.

Apart from the Lokpal Bill, other crucial bills including Whistleblower, Border Security Force Amendment Bill and Judicial Accountability Bill are waiting for the approval of the Upper House.

Army Chief vs Government

Dismissing reports of rift between Army Chief General V K Singh and the Centre, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said that there are no differences between both the parties and the matter will be resolved through a democratic process.

UPA over minority quota

After playing the nine percent minority quota card during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the Congress has returned to square one with Law Minister and Congress leader Salaman Khurshid batting for four percent quota for the minorities as per the recommendations of Rangnath Mishra Commission.

When asked about newly elected UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to enforce four percent reservation for minorities, Khurshid said, “We welcome the move. Four percent reservation for the minority class must be enforced as suggested by the commission.”

(JPN/Bureau)