This could be called a historic moment as the bill that waited for 40 years, finally saw daylight. Lok Sabha passed it a day after the anti-corruption measure sailed through the Rajya Sabha with the support of opposition parties.
Anna Hazare's camp was seen celebrating the victory. Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday thanked the political class and specially the Rajya Sabha Select Committee for passing a strong Lokpal bill in Parliament.
Speaking to his supporters in Ralegan Siddhi, he said for the first time since independence a strong bill has been passed that will stop corruption to some extent.
Bill that waited for 40 years, finally saw daylight
During the session, Rahul Gandhi said, "We have the chance to make history. I appeal to all parties to come together and pass the Bill unanimously. The Lokpal bill is not the only thing needed to fight corruption in this country. It is our responsibility to complete our unfinished fight against corruption. 15th Lok Sabha should pass the 6 bills that are pending."
Sushma Swaraj said, "The bill which the government has tabled has so many flaws that it has not lived up to our expectations. We did not want a bill that demolishes the existing system - we want an effective bill that is able to fight corruption. People are lining up to take credit, but there is an old man who keeps fasting for the bill and appeals to our collective conscience. And then the people of this country deserve credit."