Differences on Lokpal bill narrowed down: GovernmentApril 23rd, 2012 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Stating that differences on the Lokpal bill have been narrowed down, the government Monday said it is trying to build consensus on major issues ahead of bringing the bill before parliament again.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy said the main differences on the Lokpal bill were narrowed down to five to six issues after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met the floor leaders of all parties in the Rajya Sabha.
“To my mind, after discussions with the political leaders, the difference of opinion has been narrowed down to five to six points,” Narayanasamy told reporters here.
He said that the total number of amendments to the Lokpal bill moved by members in this session were nearly 149.
“We are engaging with various political leaders and trying to bring consensus on major issues, and trying to bring the bill before parliament,” he said.
The minister also added that though the bill was a government priority, things depended on “the discussions with the political parties”.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal also hoped for peaceful debate and passage of key legislations in parliament’s next sitting during the on-going budget session.
“The opposition will raise the issues it wants to raise and the government will discuss the bills which need to be passed,” Sibal said.
The second half of parliament’s budget session starts Tuesday. The opposition has been pressing for the passage of the Lokpal bill in the current session.
- Lokpal Bill may not be passed in budget session - May 07, 2012
- Differences on Lokpal being narrowed down: Narayanasamy - Mar 23, 2012
- Government's fresh bid to end Lokpal logjam fails (Roundup) - Mar 23, 2012
- Cabinet to discuss Lokpal Tuesday, Hazare calls it worthless (Lead) - Dec 19, 2011
- Government trying for consensus on Lokpal bill - May 14, 2012
- Winter session will generate heat for UPA (Curtain Raiser) - Nov 20, 2011
- Government begins efforts to reach consensus on Lokpal bill - May 10, 2012
- Lokpal bill: Government accuses BJP of double standards - Aug 04, 2011
- Lokpal bill in budget session: government (Second Lead) - Dec 30, 2011
- Lokayukta out of Lokpal, bill in Rajya Sabha May 21 - May 15, 2012
- Hoping for political consensus on Lokpal: Pranab - Dec 14, 2011
- Government okays key anti-graft bills to counter Anna threat - Dec 14, 2011
- All-party meeting on promotion quota Aug 21 - Aug 09, 2012
- UPA, BJP in war of words over Lokpal 'debate' (Lead) - Dec 12, 2011
- PM's all-party meet fails to break Lokpal jam (Lead) - Mar 23, 2012
Tags: amendments, budget session, consensus, development minister, difference of opinion, floor leaders, government priority, human resource development, kapil sibal, legislations, manmohan, manmohan singh, minister of state, New Delhi, political leaders, political parties, prime minister manmohan, prime minister manmohan singh, rajya sabha, six points