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New Delhi: The government's contentious Lokpal Bill is finally set to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. While it may have the numbers as well as the full backing of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, attempts to derail it can't be ruled out.
The Congress is keen to table the Bill and pass it in an extended winter session.
But the Opposition BJP is opposed to the government's version of the Lokpal draft. The BJP, which shares Team Anna's sentiments, has threatened to move adjournments.
The Left parties are opposed to the urgency in passing the Lokpal Bill while Mulayam Singh's Samajwadi Party wants more time to discuss its provisions.
Lalu Prasad's RJD and Mayawati's BSP are both opposed to Anna Hazare and his Jan Lokpal Bill, but they have also been questioning the haste to pass the Bill.
The Shiv Sena is completely opposed to the Bill, which is a sentiment shared by the Biju Janta Dal, but the BJD favours an early passage of the Bill
The Lokpal Bill is being tabled in the 11th hour in Parliament. This is an issue that has dominated both the Houses and has been the cause of numerous adjournments.
The Bill brings the Prime Minister under the Lokpal's ambit, but with safeguards. But the Bill gives the Lokpal only oversight powers over the lower bureaucracy, who will instead be covered by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
The CBI remains its most contentious provision yet, keeping the CBI out of the Lokpal ambit, and giving the Lokpal no investigation powers. The control will remain with the government.
Anna has threatened to go on a hunger strike from December 27 and a jail bharo from December 30, if Parliament fails to pass a strong Lokpal Bill
But the government has proposed to introduce a new draft in Parliament on Thursday. The government may find it difficult to pass the Lokpal Bill in Parliament if the Opposition continue to oppose it. The government has a majority in Lok Sabha but the Opposition can push for amendments in Rajya Sabha.

Source : http://ibnlive.in.com/news/lokpal-bill-set-to-be-tabled-in-parliament-today/214015-37-64.html

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