Jaitley, a key strategist of BJP, suggested that the government may go to the extent of calling a joint session if the insurance bill is again blocked in the Upper House in the next session. The ruling party currently does not have the numbers in Rajya Sabha.
The panel is believed to have recommended that penalties on insurance companies be linked to seriousness of offences committed by them. It has suggested mechanism to ensure that there is minimum scope for subjective interpretation.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, which has been pending in the House for the last two years, was approved by voice vote after a five-hour debate. Samajwadi Party, which was strongly opposed to such a measure, boycotted the House proceedings after staging a walkout as soon as the debate began this morning.
Lok Sabha Secretary General A Bal Shekar informed the House that the Rajya Sabha has returned the bill with amendments. The fresh amendments include one on dilution of retrospective clause with regard to acquisition of land for irrigation projects.
The Land Acquisition Bill, which was passed by Rajya Sabha last night, was today returned to Lok Sabha to seek its approval for the fresh amendments passed by the Upper House.
The victory gives the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his "Abenomics" recipe to revive the economy and spells his personal political redemption after he led his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to a humiliating defeat in a 2007 upper house election.
Support for Abe's Liberal Democratic Party has consistently far outstripped that for other parties in the run up to the election.
The much-hyped Lokpal Bill will be delayed further with the government saying it will bring the measure in the Rajya Sabha in the Budget Session with required amendments in the light of the report of the Select Committee.
Houses raising slogans and displaying copies of the newspaper that carried the Army Chief's interview. In the Upper House, S S Ahluwalia (BJP) raised the issue of Army chief's allegation and demanded a statement from the government.
The much talked about Lokpal Bill is expected to be brought again for consideration in the Rajya Sabha during the second phase of the Budget session of Parliament.
Team Anna today faulted Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari for abruptly adjourning the Upper House sine die without a vote on the Lokpal Bill.
With numbers stacked against government in Rajya Sabha for passage of Lokpal Bill, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi today said the legislation appeared headed for a joint session of Parliament as the Upper House may pass a version different from the one passed in Lok Sabha.
The next time you see a parliament in session, and spot the MPs go their way through the sessions making quick notes on their iPad, don‘t be taken in by surprise.