Friday, November 20, 2015

Lokpal: AAP should table 2014 draft, says Maken

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government should pass the same draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill, which was tabled in the Delhi Assembly on February 13, 2014, in the winter session without any dilution. 
"There was no clarity about the draft Bill that was discussed in the Delhi Cabinet for tabling in the winter session, and the Congress party would not allow a watered down version of the Jan Lokpal Bill," said Maken. 
He added that if the Kejriwal government had intended to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill, it would not have waited for nine months and six Assembly sessions,to take up the bill. 
"There were different versions of the Lokpal mooted by Anna Hazare, Kejriwal and others, which varies from Lokpal, Jan Lokpal to Lokayukta,but the Congress Party wants the Jan Lokpal Bill on the pattern of the draft Bill tabled in the Delhi Assembly on February 13, 2014 by the AAP Government without any change," stated Maken. 
Maken also added there were reports that the Delhi Cabinet had approved the tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill in the on-going winter session of the Assembly, but it is surprising that the AAP Government has not yet specified which Lokpal Bill has been approved by the Delhi Cabinet or was there any Cabinet note on the matter. 
Also, the Delhi government has not put the draft of the proposed Lokpal in the public domain.According to Section 55 1A of the Transaction of Business Rules, before the Jan Lokpal Bill sent to the President of India for assent, it has to be sent to the Lieutenant Governor and the Union home ministry for approval, as the Jan Lokpal Bill also involves financial implication, and according to Section 55 1B, it is mandatory to get the approval of the LG and the home ministry.

So much water has flowed through the Jamuna in Delhi that it is now taking a Congressman to remind the AAP regarding its promise to pass the Lokpal Bill.
How ironic.

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