Published On: Wed, Feb 5th, 2014

Congress making a lokpal of loyals

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After having opposed senior advocate PP Rao’s inclusion in the Lokpal selection panel, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said she would request president to convince the government that the panel be formed unanimously and not by majority vote. This just came after she gave a written dissent on Rao.
Her unhappiness was felt when she said that Congress wanted to pack this body with their loyalists. She was Unhappy with her experience at a meeting to choose the eminent jurist on Monday evening at Singh’s residenceRAHUL GANDH

Sushma Swaraj told reporters that a meeting was called at 8 pm on Monday. At the meeting, a list of seven names that included Fali S Nariman, K Parasaran, P P Rao, Mohan Gopal, Chandrashekhar Pillai and two others were taken up, but the PM suggested Rao on his own and Kumar and Dattu accepted. Swaraj objected saying she thought Rao was not in the category of eminent jurist, so if it had to be from the list it could be Parasaran.

She said that what she wanted was that the lokpal be chosen unanimously. We are getting it after fifty years, so let it be unanimous, she said.

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