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Cabinet to take up Lokpal Bill tomorrow

Hazare has threatened to launch a fast on Dec 27 if Lokpal Bill is not passed in Winter Session.

Written by Agencies | On Board Pm's Special Aircraft |
December 17, 2011 6:26:22 pm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government was working “day and night” to give shape to the Lokpal Bill and would make all the effort to pass the Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

On his way back from Moscow,Singh told reporters that he was hopeful that the anti-corruption legislation would be brought to the Union Cabinet by tomorrow for its approval.

As Anna Hazare upped the ante on the Lokpal issue,Singh said his government would make all the effort to pass the Bill in the ongoing Winter Session and that there should be no doubt about government’s sincerity in this regard.

The Prime Minister,at the same time,said one could not speculate what would happen to the Lokpal once it was in Parliament.

“We will make all the effort to pass the Bill in this session. We are working day and night to give shape to the Bill and it is my hope that by tomorrow we should be able to bring the Bill to the Cabinet,” he said.

Singh said this when he was asked whether the government would be able to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament,which was due to end on December 22.

Singh said after a Cabinet decision the government woild be ready to take the Bill to Parliament.

“But once it is in Parliament,it is in the hands of the Parliament,we don’t know what could happen,but there should be no doubt about our sincerity to get the Bill passed in this session,” he said.

Hazare has threatened to launch a fast on December 27 if the Lokpal Bill is not passed in Winter Session of Parliament.

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