Will move amendment on Lokpal: Trinamool

New Delhi : Unhappy over the issue of setting up of state Lokayuktas, the Trinamool Congress Thursday said that it would move an amendment in the Rajya Sabha.

“After the meeting with Mr. Mukherjee, our Rajya Sabha leader Mukul Roy had a meeting with all the MPs and then we spoke to our chairperson in Kolkata and we are going to move the amendment,” Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien told reporters here.

“We have spoken to Mamata Banerjee and whatever our decision was before we went to that meeting that decision remains unchanged,” he added.

The Trinamool Congress, which has six members in the Rajya Sabha, has sought deletion of a provision on setting up of state Lokayuktas, stating that it was as good as tampering with the federal structure and the party would seek scrapping of this clause.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was in talks with Congress ally Trinamool Congress, his colleague V. Narayanasamy had said earlier in the day as the ruling party tried hard to muster votes to secure the passage of the Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha.

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