Lokpal bill: Government accuses BJP of double standards

August 4th, 2011 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The government Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “double standards” for opposing the Lokpal bill, which was introduced in parliament, and pointed out that the chief minister was excluded from the purview of the Lok Ayukta in the BJP-ruled states.

“It’s a classic example of double standards and double speak,” Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here hours after the Lokpal bill was introduced in parliament.

Sibal was referring to the speech of Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, in which she demanded that the prime minister be brought within the Lokpal’s ambit even while he or she held office.

In the states where they (the BJP) are in power, the office of the chief minister is excluded from the purview of the Lok Ayukta, Sibal said.

Referring to Sushma Swaraj’s speech, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said her criticism was driven by desire to make a political point.

“We have kept our promise to introduce the bill in the monsoon session of parliament. It is our intention to get the bill passed as soon as possible,” Chidambaram said.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy introduced the Lokpal bill soon after the government rejected Sushma Swaraj’s opposition.

The proposed legislation does not bring under Lokpal’s purview the prime minister when he holds office. But once he demits office, he or she can be investigated by Lokpal for any wrongdoing as prime minister.

It also excludes from Lokpal’s ambit the judiciary and any action of an MP in parliament or any parliamentary committee.

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