Congress said BJP’s opposition to Lokpal Bill had put a question mark on its intent, accusing it of responding with cussedness when the country awaited demonstrable action on anti-corruption ombudsman.
Congress said the bill was being brought in a certain context (Anna’s protest) and the fine print could be left for a later day review if a need was felt for amendment.
AICC spokesman Manish Tewari, focusing on BJP, said, “Let us give this bill a chance. If there are any shortcomings, Parliament is free to review and revise it. But to block the bill on the premise that a certain clause in your perception does not fulfil a certain objective, then it shows your intent.” The bid to paint BJP’s reservations to the Lokpal Bill as its indifference to graft also showed how Congress planned to use the issue in forthcoming polls, where corruption is set to be a talking point.