PM to Anna: Respect parliament's verdict

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday it was time for people with divergent views to take note of parliament's verdict on the Lokpal bill. Asserting that legislation is the privilege of the parliament, he hoped the Rayja Sabha would pass the bill Thursday.

“When parliament has spoken, it's time for others to take note,” Manmohan Singh said while responding to questions at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. “We hope that those with divergent views will respect the verdict of the parliament,” the prime minister added.    

“Legislation is the privilege of the Indian parliament. That's what the constitution lays down,” he said.  “The Lok Sabha has passed a Lokpal bill with a substantial majority. The bill will be presented to the Rajya Sabha tomorrow (Thursday) and  I hope it will be passed,” he added.

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