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28 Aug, 2011

Parliament passes unanimous resolution on Anna’s demands – Hindustan Times

Heeding to Anna Hazare’s demands, Parliament today adopted a ‘Sense of the House’ on three key issues raised by him with regard to the Lokpal Bill with an aim of persuading him to end his 12-day hunger strike. The ‘Sense of the House’ was adopted with thumping of desks without any voting after an extraordinary debate in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the statement made by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on issues related to the Lokpal Bill.

Winding up the day-long debate, Mukherjee said while a “respected” Gandhian with “massive support” was on agitation, it was not always necessary to move in “conventional straight jacket way”.

He read out the ‘Sense of the House’ which said: “This House agrees in principle on the following issues (i) citizen charter, (ii) lower bureaucracy to be under lok pal through an appropriate mechanism and (iii) establishment of Lok Ayuktas in the states, And further resolves to transmit the proceedings to the Department-related Standing Committee for its perusal while formulating its recommendations for a Lokpal Bill.”

Parliament passes unanimous resolution on Anna’s demands – Hindustan Times.