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Balbir Punj accuses Congress of encouraging Samajwadi Party to disrupt Parliament when Lokpal Bill is presented

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 2:32pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 2:34pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Tuesday said a section of the Congress party is encouraging the Samajwadi Party to disrupt the house when the Lokpal Bill is presented.

There seems to be some sort of a fixed match between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress who have been working together in the Lok Sabha," he said.

Punj pointed out that the bill was a result of a combined pressure put by Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and the BJP.

"The bill is a result of a combined pressure put by Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and the BJP that has been voicing the people's resentment against the rampant corruption in the government,' he said, adding "We are waiting for the bill to come and we will support it.

The demand for a Lokpal Bill was seen as a revolutionary anti-graft movement, which in 2011 not only drew tens of thousands of Indians united against corruption onto the streets, but also stopped parliamentary proceedings and dominated the headlines for days on end.

But 18 months on, India Against Corruption (IAC) - a popular movement led by a group of the country's prominent social activists - have split due to the decision by some members to move from activism into politics.

Hazare's initial hunger strike had brought millions of sympathisers out on streets and forced the government into a series of humiliating U-turns.

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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