Anna may end fast on 11th day; Opposition supports PM to bring strong Lokpal
| Friday, Aug 26 2011 10:24AM IST
New Delhi: Anna Hazare's protest against corruption may end on its eleventh day as government is likely to take a major step to meet Hazare's demands. In order to break the logjam, UPA government will instigate a debate in the Lok Sabha on Friday.According to the sources, the government is all set to bring in all forms of Lokpal in the Parliament, including Hazare's Jan Lokpal Bill but is likely to go ahead with the proposal that will be acceptable to Team Anna. According to the reports, a motion will be brought that will assist a common discussion on the Lokpal Bill, Jan Lokpal Bill by Team Anna and other drafts will also be presented that have been prepared by activist Aruna Roy and Jai Prakash Narain.According to a source, the Jan Lokpal Bill will be presented in the shape of a document and later its salient features are expected to be sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said, "We will find effective ways and means to discuss Jan Lokpal Bill along with the Government's version of the Bill, along with Aruna Roy's and Jayaprakash Narayan's. All ideas should be discussed and debated to get best possible bill to help us deal with corruption."This initiative to end the Lokpal logjam and to bring in a strong Lokpal Bill was supported by Sushma Swaraj, leader of the Opposition in Lok SabhaUnion Law Minister Salman Khursheed while supporting the PM said that Parliament will debate on what PM said in the House on Thursday. He further went on to say that the bill will be discussed and then it will be send to the Standing Committee.On the other hand the social activists also tried their best to convince all the political parties on the draft of Jan Lokpal. RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal said that they met BJP leaders and they gave them some clarifications on Jan Lokpal Bill and BJP leaders agreed while making clear that all provisions should be in accordance with the Constitution.According to the reports, if the debate is conducted under Rule 184, then voting will take place but if the debate is conducted under Rule 193, then no voting will be required.