New Delhi, Apr 6 (ANI): Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said the government is open to public suggestions on the proposed Lokpal Bill and has not turned down the demand for setting up a joint committee.
Moily said the government is 'anxious about introducing the Bill in the next session of Parliament.
"Even on the demand for joint committee, we said we were open. We never closed our mind even on the formation of joint committee...In principle we did not say no," he said, and added that the Prime Minister was open to all suggestions.
"The Standing Committee can always throw it open to discussions and deliberations with everyone. No bill is passed in hide and seek manner. Parliament has the most transparent way of functioning in our country," he added.
Hazare today criticized the Congress for 'misleading' the people by dubbing his agitation unnecessary and premature.
"The party's (Congress) statement is misleading people. Why is this agitation unnecessary and how is it premature? 42 years the nation has been in need of such a Bill. Why can't the government enact it?" said Hazare.
"I will observe fast-unto-death till the government agrees to form a joint committee comprising 50 per cent officials and the remaining citizens and intellectuals to draft the Jan Lokpal Bill," he added. (ANI)