Govt blames BJP for Lokpal fiasco

New Delhi: The government today steered clear of apportioning any blame to Trinamnool Congress for the failure to pass Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha and put the blame squarely on the BJP. "If BJP wanted the bill to be passed, it could have been passed without any problem," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters.

To a question, he said, "The Congress has only 71 members in the Upper House and the Government and the Congress hoped to pass the Bill in the Upper House but the BJP tactic was that support Anna and oppose Lokpal". Rajya Sabha has 243 members.