New Delhi: The debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill will begin on Friday afternoon, but was postponed after the BJP claimed that the discussion must lead to a vote. The debate will start with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sharing the government’s stand on what’s intended as a historic piece of legislation.
On the other hand, Anna Hazare has now been fasting for 11 days. He has clearly assured that to end his hunger strike, after Parliament must debate and pass a sturdy anti-corruption law based largely upon a draft prepared by his team of activists.
According to the reports, there was another late-night meeting on Friday at Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s residence. It was also attended by Sandeep Dikshit. Team Anna was represented by Medha Patkar and Prashant Bhushan and Indore-based spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj.
Patkar said that “We hope there is a consensus on the three key issues. We want unity in Parliament whether the debate takes place under Rule 184(that entails voting) or Rule 193.” She added that the main thrust of the dialogue with Mr Khurshid and Mr Dikshit related to the Parliamentary procedures during the debate.
As Parliament gets ready to debate Anna’s bill, again, it’s union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who is serving as the go-between for the government and Anna.