UPA: Lokpal to be a constitutional authority

UPA: Lokpal to be a constitutional authority

The UPA-II government proposes to confer constitutional status on the proposed Lokpal on par with the Election Commission.

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said the government was working on a very strong Lokpal bill that will come with a constitutional amendment which will give the Lokpal the status of a constitutional authority. He further stated that the Lokpal would be more powerful than the Election Commission with far greater powers.

Political observers say that the new thinking of the UPA-II government on Lokpal seems to be designed to outmaneuver civil society activists as well as political opponents as it comes at a time when the Hazare campaign has upped the ante again, and coinciding with the inauguration of L K Advani’s rath yatra against graft.


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