Friday, July 29, 2011

Lokpal Bill not up to mark: Nitish Kumar

July 29, 2011, Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the Lokpal bill approved by the union cabinet "did not appear to conform with people's expectations" and favoured inclusion of the Prime Minister within the ambit of the anti-corruption ombudsman.

"Though I have not gone through what has been approved by the union cabinet, it appears that the proposed bill is not in conformity with people's aspirations," Kumar told reporters here.

He favoured bringing the Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal and chief ministers under Lok Ayukta.

"We know that the PM doesn't enjoy any immunity and therefore, the post be brought under the purview of proposed legislation," Kumar said.

However, he said there were matters related to the Prime Minister's responsibility for security and otherserious concerns of the country and these matters should be exempted from Lokpal.

Urging that the Bill be placed in Parliament for a debate, Kumar said JD(U) would put across its views on all the issues once the draft was circulated.

"We will discuss the draft within the party and also hold consultations with our ally BJP on the subject of Lokpal," Kumar said.

Referring to rights activists Arvind Kejriwal's statement that the Lokayuka in Bihar was 'just a showpiece', Kumar said Kejriwal had merely uttered what he himself (Nitish) told the former.

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