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New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday kick-started a debate in Parliament on the contentious Lokpal issue, while appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast.
Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, Mukherjee said the government has consented to refer the Jan Lokpal Bill as well as other drafts on the issue to the Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the government’s draft Lokpal Bill.
He added that the government was willing to request the Standing Committee to expedite the process of bringing the Lokpal bill.
Mukherjee appealed to Anna Hazare’s team, saying Parliament should be given space to legislate. He added that supremacy of the Parliament to form legislation should be maintained.
”Laws have to be made by Parliamentarians,” he said. “It’s our duty to abide by the Constitution and uphold its principles,” he added.