New Delhi: Though Anna Hazare’s fast and the support of the masses to it forced the government to accept its proposal, thorny path can be expected ahead for the Lokpal.  The decision of the Parliament on the Lokpal has been conveyed to the Standing Committee where the fate of the proposal will be put to test. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has clarified its stand to support the proposal but Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the Lok Sabha is bound to influence many.

Rahul Gandhi had said, “Many small and big measures are being taken by the government while what is needed is a speedy process”, and stressed that the Lokpal Bill alone is not sufficient enough to deal with the menace of corruption. The regional parties in the Parliamentary Standing Committee have already expressed their support to Rahul’s views.

The Standing Committee meeting with the Law Ministry is scheduled to take place in the first week of September. The debate in the Parliament on Anna’s version of the Lokpal Bill has sparked much fire in both the Houses.

Various parties have already expressed their disagreement to the formation of the Lokayukta. While some regarded it against the federal structure, some raised doubts on inclusion of lower level officials under the Lokpal ambit.

However, the members of the Standing Committee, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party Chairman Ram Vilas Paswan have also made their views clear on the Lokpal.

According to the leader of a regional party, it would not be correct to accept the Parliament’s decision as a law. He said, “Anna’s proposal has been accepted but can be implemented at different levels.”

(JPN/Bureau)