Social Activist Anna Hazare called off the much hyped three-day fast one day before the schedule citing the reason of his deteriorating health, as only a few supporters turned out for the second continuos day. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, will be introduced today in Rajya Sabha.
The House will debate the Bill and vote on it and if it is passed then the legislation will become an act.
The UPA does not enjoy a majority in the Upper House. Several political parties, including certain UPA allies, are opposed to some provisions of the bill. Moreover, Trinamool Congress, which has 6 members in the 243-member Upper House, wants removal of the provisions relating to the setting up of Lokayuktas in the State which is contained in the Bill passed by Lok Sabha.
Trinamool Congress has moved several amendments. If the Government accepts the amendments, the Bill will have to be referred to the Lok Sabha again or a joint session of Parliament has to be convened for its clearance.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.