Kamal Nath, who was speaking to reporters outside Parliament, said the upper house must pass the Lokpal Bill on Tuesday so that it could be brought to the Lok Sabha. (Agencies)
"I am very confident it will be passed in the Rajya Sabha, and after that we will strive to bring it to the Lok Sabha. We appeal to the Samajwadi Party to support the bill. Everyone wants it passed, and they should abide by the wishes of the people," he said.
The amended version of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, was scheduled to be brought to the Rajya Sabha on Monday, but both Houses were adjourned as a mark of respect to Union Labour Minister Sis Ram Ola, who breathed his last on Sunday.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said the party was against the provisions of the Lokpal bill. He said his party wants a discussion in Parliament on the price rise but it was not being accepted.
"My demand from very first day of the house is that there must be discussion on price rise but they did not accept it. But we should not correlate these two things (opposition to Lokpal and demand for discussion on price rise)," he said.
"We are opposed to the Lokpal Bill and are of the opinion that if such a bill comes into force, no officer, no minister will sign on decisions on files and the entire country and decision-making process of the country will come to a standstill," he said.
On Saturday, the Congress Party made an appeal to all parties to support the legislation with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a brief press conference to say that there was a broad consensus over the measure and they needed to get it past the finish line.
Gandhi said the process to set up the ombudsman, or Lokpal, was 99 percent complete and only needed the remaining one percent support from parties to get it passed in the Parliament.
The legislation has also won support from anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite fast at his native village Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra, for a strong Lokpal Bill.
Kamal Nath, who was speaking to reporters outside Parliament, said the upper house must pass the Lokpal Bill on Tuesday so that it could be brought to the Lok Sabha.