Lokpal Bill will be passed before 2014 polls: Salman Khurshid
According to Law Minister Salman Khurshid, the Lokpal Bill will be passed by the UPA government well before the 2014 elections.
Given Team Anna has backed off from its agitation and is going to form a political party, will the UPA government still ensure the Lokpal Bill is passed? According to Law Minister Salman Khurshid, the bill will be definitely be passed before the 2014 elections but he doesn't know when.
"It is fact to say it(Lokpal) will be passed long before the Parliament elections of 2014, but I can't give you a date and I can't give you a deadline," Khurshid said in an interview to Karan Thapar on his show Devil's Advocate.
When asked for an assurance that the bill would be passed, Khurshid said, "It is not for me to give this assurance because my Prime Minister must do so."
"Once we get the Select Committee report there is nothing in parliamentary procedure," Khurshid said.
Khurshid also said that he cannot dictate terms to the select committee and the report will be tabled when all the members come on board.
"He(Satyavrat Chaturvedi) also has to get all his members on board. The moment his report comes, we will then be able to say now the final, the last mile is to be reached," he said.
Team Anna had called off its fast at Jantar Mantar last week after announcing that it would offer a political alternative and said one of the reasons it was entering the field of politics was to ensure the creation of a strong anti-corruption ombudsman.
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