Lokpal in India means ombudsman or legal representative. The first Jan Lokpal Bill was introduced by Shanti Bhushan in 1968, passed the Lok Sabha, but could not get through the Rajya Sabha. Subsequently many Lokpal Bills have been introduced, but is yet to be passed.
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party said it will strongly oppose the Lokpal Bill in Parliament, holding it was against the very basis of democracy. We are strongly opposed to the very concept of Lokpal. People who are elected by the people in elections are dishonest and only the Lokpal is honest. This is against the very basis of democracy, SP leader Naresh Agrawal told reporters here. He was asked to comment on the tabling of the report of a Select Committee which went into the Lokpal Bill. In the last session also, Agrawal was the first to oppose it in Rajya Sabha and had sought to bring a motion for referring the Bill to a 15-member select committee of the House. Agrawal said the issue of creating a Lokpal has been there since the times of Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee but it was not implemented then and why it should be implemented now.
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