Mulayam, Lalu may vote against Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha
The government has tabled the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabhya by moving a step closer towards historic law which has not yet been passed since 42 years.
There is now a growing feeling in the government that its efforts to ensure the bill is passed may fail for want of numbers.
“We can get the bill passed if the BSP and SP support it. But what can we do when everyone has turned against us,” a minister said on condition of anonymity.
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The Mulayam Singh Yadav's party SP which has 5 MPs and Lalu's party RJD which has 4 MPs are likely to oppose the bill.
In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, Congress and its allies do not not have a majority with its number placed at 92 and needs the support of the MPs of these parties supporting the government from outside. At least a walk out by them could help the government but not not a vote against.
RJD sources said the bill was "doomed" because "nobody" wants it and the party may also vote against it.