In what can be termed as a momentous victory to the struggle of Anna Hazare, the popular Jan Lokpal bill has been finally passed in the Lok Sabha today. With this, the most controversial bill has been passed in both the houses of the Parliament.
As with the supporters of the Congress Party, many of them commented out that the passing of this historic bill is indeed a new year gift to the citizens of India.
Anna supporters have been rejoicing with the news trickling in. The bill has been introduced eight times earlier in the Parliament, all of them turning out to be unsuccessful.
The Congress Party and the opposition BJP have been unanimous this time in passing the Lokpal bill in the Parliament. The bill now will go to the President for his signature and then would become a law.
Anna Hazare ends his fast
The champion who has been fasting for the past nine days, has finally ended it after the parliament passed on the bill. Anna Hazare has been on a fast in his home village Ralegaon Siddhi in Maharashtra, demanding the passing of the bill in this session of the Parliament. Almost all the senior political leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Sushma Swaraj have given the credits of the bill being passed to the fasting oldman Anna Hazare.
What does it offer ?
The Lokpal bill introduces to setting up of a “Lokpal” who serves as a national ombudsman for investigating the corruption charges against public functionaries and public servants. The law brings in the Prime Minister, the ministers of the government and other public servants under its jurisdiction. With the law in place, the accused have to be heard and the investigation to be completed within six months.