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Lokpal Bill will be passed without discussion: Farooq Abdullah

Sunday, 15 December 2013 - 7:35pm IST | Place: Jammu | Agency: PTI

Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah today said the Lokpal Bill would be passed in Parliament without discussion.

Replying to queries on the much awaited bill, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said people have wanted it for long and it will be brought.

"Yes, the (Lokpal) bill will be passed... without discussion," Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of a Golf Tournament in Sidhra belt in outskirts of Jammu.

"People were wanting a Lokpal for a long. If there is a controlling mechanism, it is a good thing," he said.

Asked if any amendments had been made, he said "If there is some amendment, then it will come back to Lok Sabha. There it will take place (will be passed)."

The Lokpal Bill, in an amended form after consideration by the Select Committee, was brought back to the Rajya Sabha for consideration but there could not been any discussion on it due to opposition by Samajwadi Party members.

The new bill also grants powers to the ombudsman to sanction prosecution against public servants.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has also appealed to political parties to set aside their differences to ensure the bill's passage to fight corruption.


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