Jaitley sends notice to suspend Question Hour to pass Lokpal Bill

BJP has decided to up the ante on the Lokpal Bill with Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Monday giving a notice for suspension of Question Hour tomorrow to hold a discussion and pass the crucial legislation.

Sources said Jaitley gave the notice after the all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to reach a consensus on the Lokpal Bill.

The Opposition appears to have prevailed over the Manmohan Singh regime on the amendment which takes away the government’s right of transferring a CBI officer investigating a case referred to the agency by the Lokpal. This would give some independence to CBI in its functioning.
However, some sticking points still remain.

BJP maintains that this would take away the surprise element required in a search and seizure operation.
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