The government, once again, seems to be bending to the pressure from the Opposition and Team Anna, on the Lokpal Bill as sources say the government has now proposed to introduce a new draft.
The much awaited Lokpal Bill will be tabled in the Lok Sabha for discussions and passing on Thursday (December 22) and it will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday (December 23), according to sources.
The UPA government, facing flak for not taking strong actions to curb corruption, has decided to extend the winter session of Parliament has for three days till December 29 to pass four crucial anti-graft bills - the Lokpal Bill, the Citizens' Charter Bill, the Judicial Accountability Bill and the Whistleblowers' Bill.
Ministry of Home Affairs has returned Uttar Pradesh government's proposal for division of the state and posed 8 questions.
The Union Cabinet is likely to meet on Tuesday to clear the Lokpal Bill. The meeting, which was to take place in the afternoon, has now been deferred to 7:30 pm in the evening. If the Cabinet clears the bill, it is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
Achary in his testimony said that Sanjay Chandra, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka used to meet a Raja when he was environment minister in relation to environmental clearance required for big real estate projects in which these companies were involved.
Anna Hazare has rejected the Lokpal Bill that the government proposes to introduce in Parliament during the winter session calling it weak. Hazare said in Pune that he will go on another fast from December 27 and also lunch a jail bharo agitation if the Lokpal Bill that he and his associates have proposed is not tabled in Parliament.
As pressure mounts on the UPA government to pass the Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament, sources now say that the bill is likely to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday for discussion. Not just that, sources also say that Parliament may have an extended session from December 27 to 29 to pass the Lokpal Bill.
In the government's ongoing efforts to pacify anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday met Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and BJP leader LK Advani to chalk out possibilities of extending the winter session for the Lokpal Bill.
Breaking his silence on the controversy, Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday rejected charges of conflict of interest after a IBN network report showed that the Home Ministry recommended dropping of prosecution against his former client.
The Opposition parties created a ruckus in Parliament for the second day on Friday, demanding Home Minister P Chidambaram's resignation over the conflict of interest controversy.
A day after CNN-IBN aired a report showing an alleged case of conflict of interest against Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, the Opposition has been demanding his resignation and stalled Parliament on Thursday.
The government appears all set to pass the contentious Lokpal bill in Parliament's winter session, even as Anna Hazare on Thursday threatened a slew of protests, including a sit in outside Sonia Gandhi's residence and an indefinite hunger strike from December 27 if the anti-graft law is not passed.
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The Government-Team Anna face off over the Lokpal Bill continues even as less than a week remains before the winter session of Parliament wraps up.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare remains adamant and has made it clear that they want the Lokpal Bill to be passed in this winter session of Parliament.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani moved an adjournment motion on the black money issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Speaking on the issue in the House, Advani said that tax evasion was the reason why black money has been stashed away in foreign banks.
UPA President Sonia Gandhi's pet project, the Food Security Bill, didn't get a cabinet nod on Tuesday. As the Industrial output is down, manufacturing is down and rupee consistently depreciating the government is attempting to put an extra burden of almost Rs 1 lakh crore on itself by bringing in the Food Security Bill.
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said that the government's move of clearing the Citizens' Charter as a separate bill was not right. He said that it was a violation of the Sense of the House.
The Prime Minister has called for an all-party meeting over the Lokpal Bill issue on Wednesday, where the UPA will try its best to achieve a breakthrough and it remains to be seen whether consensus will emerge on contentious issues.
The Union Cabinet will meet on Tuesday evening to decide on the Food Security Bill, Sonia Gandhi's flagship programme. While the Lokpal Bill won't be coming up for discussion but keeping Team Anna's demands on agenda the Cabinet will also take decisions on the Judicial Accountability and Citizens Grievance Redressal Bills on Tuesday.
Team Anna's Core Committee will meet in New Delhi for two days from Wednesday to chalk out future plans, including the proposed Ramlila Maidan agitation, if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.
Under pressure from Team Anna and Opposition on the Lokpal issue, the UPA on Monday closed ranks slamming the Jantar Mantar agitation and said that Parliament will decide on Lokpal, not Team Anna.
The UPA found itself isolated on Sunday when Anna Hazare sat on a token fast at Jantar Mantar and virtually every opposition party used his platform to embarrass the government.
Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday reiterated that the move to monitor the Internet has been taken to keep out content that are vulgar, demeaning and insulting. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Sibal argued that such content could lead to riots and so were unacceptable.