"The Lokpal Bill is the highest priority for us. We will sit late and pass the bill. We will even extend the session, if needed, to pass the bill," he told reporters after the Congress Core Group, headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, deliberated over the issue.

Expressing hope that the bill would be passed in this session, Kamal Nath said he was in touch with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is opposed to the bill.

Kamal Nath urges SP to support Lokpal Bill

"Most parties support the bill. We are talking to SP. We are determined to pass the bill," he said.

Kamal Nath said that he met Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday to seek his support.

He also welcomed veteran social activist Anna Hazare's support for the bill.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said managing numbers in both the houses to get the anti-graft legislation passed was not a problem. "Numbers is not an issue, ‘hungama’ (pandemonium and disruption) is," he said.

Ansari calls meet on Lokpal bill

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday called a meeting of floor leaders of all parties to discuss the Lokpal Bill.

The bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday but could not be debated as the Samajwadi Party created a din.

The bill could not be taken up on Monday either as the House was adjourned after an obituary reference to member Sis Ram Ola, who died on Sunday. The Samajwadi Party has said it will continue to oppose the bill.


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