NEW DELHI, 14 DEC: Though determined to oppose the Lokpal Bill in Parliament, the Samajwadi Party is yet to take a decision on the mode of protest. It will be decided at the SP’s parliamentary party meeting on 16 December.
The SP chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Mr Shailendra Kumar, told The Statesman that a meeting of the SP’s parliamentary party has been convened on Monday to discuss the mode of opposition to the Lokpal Bill, even as party general secretary Naresh Agrawal advised the Congress not to seek passage of any important bill after “losing the mandate of the people” in the recent assembly elections.
“We will continue to oppose the Lokpal Bill. We will go to any extent to oppose it,” Mr Agarwal told a news agency.
Sources, however, indicated that the SP’s opposition to the Lokpal Bill is unlikely to be as stiff as it was on the issue of the women’s reservation Bill. Observers feel the SP will not do anything that will lead it to burn its bridges with the UPA as it is eyeing Congress support for Mulayam Singh Yadav in the post-general election scenario of 2014. Mr Agarwal, meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of SP MPs supporting to the admission of the no-trust motion moved by the anti-Telangana MPs.