Nitin Gadkari: BJP to opt out of Lokpal debate

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Lucknow, Jun 4: BJP has chosen to be out of the 'Lokpal' debate and has expressed its displeasure at the way it is being treated by the ruling government seeking its views only when absolutely necessary.

On the debate if the Prime Minster and the higher judiciary should fall under the ambit of the "Lokpal Bill", the Opposition BJP have opted out of the discussion. The matter had divided the civil society with arguments arising that, putting the higher offices of the PM and the CJI would endanger the sovereignty of the country. With discussions still in the nascent stage, and with no consensus on the reach of the Lokpal Bill, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had sought the opinion of Chief Minister's and representatives of various political parties.

On this issue, BJP president Nitin Gadkari replied to Mukherjee, "You can consult us before it is introduced in Parliament for our suggestion. In case there is divergence of opinion between members of the drafting committee, the final proposals carrying both view points can be sent to us. It would not be proper for parties and parliamentarians to start submitting their opinions."

By opting out of the discussion BJP wants to keep the focus on the UPA's slew of corruption charges and not on their comments on the same. Speaking at the BJP's national executive in Lucknow, Gadkari added that there needs to be an “independent mechanism to deal with the appointment of a lokpal to handle corruption-related cases."

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