New Delhi: The Lokpal Bill will be tabled in Parliament on December 27, with the winter session being extended till December 29 to pass the anti-graft law, official sources said.

The government has taken this decision to keep the promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in August that the Lokpal Bill will be passed in the winter session, the sources added.

It also wants to defuse the agitation of Anna Hazare, who has threatened to go on a fast from December 27 if a stringent Lokpal bill is not passed.

As per the new schedule, both houses of Parliament will adjourn for Christmas holidays on December 22 and re-convene on December 27.

The Lokpal Bill is scheduled to be come up for approval in the cabinet meeting to be held at 7.30 pm Tuesday. It will be tabled alongwith the whistleblowers' bill, Labour Minister Harish Rawat said.


RS adjourned over Chidambaram issue

BJP on Tuesday disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha to demand Home Minister P Chidambaram's resignation leading to adjournment of the House for the day.

Unrelenting BJP members alleged that Chidambaram had "misused" his office to help a Delhi-based hotelier.

The House witnessed three adjournments before P J Kurien, who was in the Chair, adjourned it for the day at 3 pm.
Even as the Chair pleaded with members to maintain peace, protesting BJP members trooped into the well and shouted slogans against Chidambaram.

They raised slogans like "loktantra mein bhrashtachar nahin chalega" (corruption will not be allowed in democracy) and "Chidambaram ka bhrashtachar nahin chalega" (corruption by Chidambaram will not be allowed) in the House.

The trouble started during Question Hour. After allowing a few issues of public importance during Zero Hour, the BJP resumed its protest against the Home Minister.

Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan first adjourned the House at 12:30 pm, half an hour ahead of the scheduled lunch break, amid uproar by BJP members. When the House resumed at 2 pm, noisy scenes continued and the Chair adjourned the proceedings first till 2:30 pm and then till 3 pm.

However, the BJP did not allow it to function after 3 pm and forced its adjournment for the day.

(Agencies)