The historic Lokpal Bill today took a giant step towards enactment after a 46-year wait, with the Lok Sabha passing it a day after the anti-corruption measure sailed through the Rajya Sabha with the support of opposition parties.
The Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2013, was passed by voice vote amid din created by members from Seemandhra region who were protesting against division of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana state.
The bill was already passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011, but it came to the house again as it underwent amendments before being approved by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Samajwadi Party and Shiv Sena members, opposing the bill, staged a walk-out in protest, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj, supported the measure.
The 76-year-old Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, who was on fast from last nine days for Lokpal at his Ralegan Sidhi village in Maharashtra, ended his fast accepting a glass of coconut water from two little schoolchildren.
Himachal Pradesh Congress and state BJP also welcomed the passing of historic Lokpal Bill in Parliament and believed that it’ll usher a new era of transparency in the country after the enactment of anti-corruption laws.
Terming the passing of Lokpal Bill as a historic moment for India, HPCC spokesperson Naresh Chauhan thanked Congress led UPA government, opposition parties and social activist Anna Hazare for their commitment to the passage of anti-corruption bill in Parliament.
Chauhan said that the general public will benefit hugely after the enactment of Lokpal Bill as corruption will come down significantly and their grievances will be sorted out without any delay after the enactment of Lokpal Bill in the country.
“Congress party believes in corruption free India and the Lokpal bill will herald a new change in the society that will be corruption free,” Chauhan said, adding that after the passing of bill, general public is now hopeful of positive change in all spheres of public life.
HPCC spokesperson said that the movement to make India corruption free has now reached at its logical conclusion and we are now hopeful that these anti-corruption laws will definitely usher a new change in governance.
BJP state spokesperson Ganesh Dutt said applaud the bill and believed that it’ll help to curve the growing corruption in the system. Dutt stated that BJP always in favor of clean politics and transparent mechanism.