Govt move on Lokpal tactic to fool people: Team Anna

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Kiran Bedi

Kiran BediTHE UPA government’s move to make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority has not gone down well with Team Anna.

Kiran Bedi, one of the members of Team Anna, said it was a tactic to delay or avoid its passage and ‘fool’ the people.

Responding to Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s revelation to a news agency on this issue, she said: “If government is serious on Lokpal, it should first pass the bill by winter session. Constitutional status is a sure means to delay or avoid the passage of the bill.”

Khurshid had told PTI last night that the government intended to make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority which will be ‘more powerful’ than the Election Commission.

He said a constitutional amendment bill would be introduced in the Winter session of Parliament starting next month and the Lokpal legislation is expected to be approved in the same session.

Bedi said the plans to make Lokpal a Constitutional authority was like ‘putting the cart before the horse. It’s like, no bread (but) keep waiting for the illusionary cake. Who are they fooling?’

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