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AAP's Kumar Vishwas accuses political parties of tampering with Lokpal Bill

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 6:39pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 6:40pm IST | Agency: ANI

 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas on Tuesday said that political parties are to be blamed for not including three most crucial points in the Lokpal Bill and for tampering with the movement for Lokpal.

"The three crucial points are missing from this Lokpal Bill. It will not help reduce corruption or send any corrupt person to jail. The political parties of this country are to be blamed for this and for tampering with the movement for Lokpal," said Vishwas.

The Lokpal bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday and will be taken up in the Lok Sabha tomorrow.

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who has been on a fast since December 10 to press for the passage of the Lokpal Bill, had earlier said he believes the Lokpal Bill approved by the select committee of the Rajya Sabha is good.

"My best wishes are with the Lokpal that politicians like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mayawati are supporting and also with Rahul Gandhi, who has been fighting for the Lokpal from such a long time, as he said," he said.

Over the past year, India has been transfixed by a campaign led by Anna Hazare to force the government to create an ombudsman, who would prosecute corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

The proposed bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India.

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