Lucknow/Bhopal: The Centre’s efforts to bring a consensus on Lokpal seem to be withering as Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh governments have refused to give their opinions on the proposed Lokpal Bill.

UP Chief Minister Mayawati said that seeking suggestion on the Bill before getting introduced in the Parliament is not in consonance with Parliamentary Procedures and Traditions. While MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh said it is not suitable to get opinions on six issues in six-day time.

The Bihar government has already expressed its inability to give its views on Lokpal Bill.

In her letter to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Mayawati categorically mentioned that after introducing the Bill in Parliament, it is sent to the Standing Committee of the House, and it is passed to the department concerned. Thereafter, the bill is once again tabled in both of the Houses of Parliament where MPs of different political parties discuss the Bill.

Mayawati said, “As BSP MP is not the part of the committee which is drafting the Lokpal Bill, I am unable to give any opinion on this.”

JPN/Bureau