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Lokpal Bill did not get passed as it was 'weak', says Sisodia

New Delhi, Fri, 30 Dec 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Close aides of anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Friday blamed the ruling Congress party for deliberately tabling a weak Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.


Sharply criticising the Congress party, Hazare's close aide Manish Sisodia said the Bill did not get passed as the government had brought a weak bill.


"I think the government itself brought a weak Lokpal Bill and now it is blaming the opposition for doing so. Had the government brought a strong Bill, a good law would have formulated in the country," he said.


"It was a good opportunity for the government and it had three historic days of parliamentary sessions. However, the government with its dominance made the parliament its servant for three days and everything that happened in the parliament was what the government wanted. Whatever the parliamentarians wanted never happened," he added.


Another close aide of Hazare, Kiran Bedi said after Thursday's fruitless session, the common man knows whom to vote for in the upcoming elections.


"The party in power or the government knows that the issue of Lokpal Bill is now well understood by the common man and he also understands what is in his favour. Even if you do not see the common man speaking on the television or in public elsewhere, his votes will show that he knows who spoke for him in the parliament," Bedi said.


The Bill, which was passed by the Lok on Wednesday was taken up for a discussion and vote in Rajya Sabha . But after a marathon debate that stretched until midnight, the vote failed to take place.


The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late night amid uproar created by several MPs, without voting on the bill.


The anti-graft legislation for which social activist Anna Hazare and his team have fomented a successful mass movement may now be taken up in the budget session of parliament, probably in March. (ANI)


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