BJP supports Anna's Bill, asks govt to withdraw its version

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 15:44 hrs
PM appeals to Anna Hazare to end fast

New Delhi: Opening up its cards for the first time on Anna Hazare's agitation, the BJP on Thursday came out in support of his Jan Lokpal Bill saying it should be made the basis of discussion in Parliament over creation of an effective ombudsman and asking the government to withdraw its version of the legislation.

"The BJP supports Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by team Anna. It should be introduced in Parliament. We will make it as the basis of discussion. The Government's Lokpal Bill has gone to the Parlimentary Standing Committee. The Government can withdraw its Bill with the Opposition's consent," BJP president Nitin Gadkari told a press conference at the party headquarters here.

He said he was worried about Anna Hazare's health and urged the Prime minister to take immediate steps to end the current impasse and help the Gandhian end his 10-day fast.

"BJP is with Anna Hazare on the issue of corruption and supports his movement. But the way the situation is deteriorating, it is not good for the nation. Keeping in view the interest of the nation and Anna's health, I appeal to the Prime Minister to take immediate steps. I hope a positive response from the Government," Gadkari said.

The BJP leader also said the party was further discussing the Jan Lokpal Bill and would hold a meeting of its Parliamentary Board - the party's top decision-making body, later this evening.

The three sticking points on which the Government and Team Anna have locked horns are likely to be taken up during the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting.

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