“When we were able to agree on 22 issues, much is being made of three or four issues the members disagreed on. People tend to forget that the broad consensus of the 31 members includes non-Congress, non-BJP members.”
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee which has drafted the anti-graft Lokpal Bill, responds to the criticism levelled against him and other Congress members (besides other MPs) that they have backtracked on the commitments they had made to Team Anna in August.
Do you genuinely think you have honoured the commitment made in Parliament towards the drafting of an effective Lokpal legislation?
We have fully honoured the commitment made in Parliament. Do you think that a large number of parliamentarians, representing 15 different political parties, are looking towards violating the sense and consensus of the House? Let me elaborate. People tend to forget...