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   Lokpal Bill - BJP MPs to meet President
The Lokpal Bill controversy in the Rajya Sabha. A delegation of party MPs, including NDA Working Chairman L.K. Advani, is scheduled to meet President Pratibha Patil on January 5 and seek her ‘intervention' in the matter. However, there is no clarity as to what exactly the party would like the President to do.

In a bid to derive the maximum political mileage on the issue, the BJP has asked its party units all over the country to observe a ‘protest week' from January 3 to 10.

However, the party leaders are careful about commenting on the role of Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, who was in the chair when the House was adjourned sine die. He said the disorder left him with no choice but to adjourn the House.

At a news conference, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for being mute spectators to the proceedings.

“The Prime Minister is a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Leader of the House. Mr. Mukherjee replied to the debate in the Lok Sabha and Dr. Singh intervened. Strangely, in the Upper House, Mr. Mukherjee chose to keep quiet and even the Prime Minister did not intervene. Dr. Singh has to answer why he chose to be silent,” Mr. Prasad said.
Mon 02 Jan, 2012,9:56:42 PM
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