New Delhi: After Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill with a simple majority, refused constitutional amendment seeking to give it a legitimate status, the bill moves into the Rajya Sabha for consideration.
There is confusion concerning whether the bill will be moved in the Rajya Sabha today or tomorrow. Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal told to reporters that the government anticipated that it will be capable of set up the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha this afternoon.
Bansal said that “Hopefully, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2011 will be tabled in Rajya Sabha this afternoon.”
Prior, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said that the Lokpal Bill is unlikely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today.
The Lokpal Bill will have to get presidential consent in the wake of amendments made to it in the Lok Sabha yesterday and it can be tabled in the Rajya Sabha after that, he said.
After getting the President’s approval, although the Bill is tabled today in Rajya Sabha, it will be very late, he added. According to some media reports, the govt is exchange time to rework its strategy after the constitutional amendment bill was shot down by the resistance.
Although, the govt may get time before the Lokpal Bill moves to the Rajya Sabha, the role of SP and BSP remnants very important as the UPA does not have the requisite numbers. The UPA has 99 MPs in the Upper House and the opposition has concerning 131.
A descended bill in Rajya Sabha would involve either a joint session to get it passed, or amendment of the amendments by Lok Sabha, or the bill going into cold storage like the women’s reservation bill.
An abstention by the SP and BSP, the leader feared, would mean the bill might pass, the sources said.