Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that the Lokpal bill is important for them and it will be passed in the same session . The Congress is determined to pass this bill and other parties should help it to pass . Rahul was addressing a press conference along with other senior leaders P Chidambaram , Kapil Sibal and Ajay Maken .
“lokpal is a matter of national importance, we need other parties help for the passage of the bill,” Rahul said. “We are 99% there, near the finish line. I am not saying lokpal is a solution for all ills, but it is a big step,” the Congress vice-president said.
Asked whether the party had been coaxed into taking this position by Aam Aadmi Party’s success and the strong anti-graft movement led by Anna Hazare, Rahul said, “It has nothing to do with AAP’s success. Whoever wins or gets defeated is beside the point. What is important is that it will help the country.”
Crediting the UPA with taking more steps for curbing corruption than any other party, Rahul said the RTI was a bigger step towards fighting corruption and our “government has done that (passed RTI Act)”. “lokpal is an important addition to that,” he added.
He said to pass the Lokpal Bill in Parliament , we sought the cooperation of all parties and all parties support that . He said that we are struggling to make Lokpal Bill but Parliament has been disrupted .