Indian Parliament begins debate on anti-graft bill

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Indian Parliament begins debate on anti-graft bill

India’s ruling party is urging lawmakers to uphold the constitution as members of Parliament debate to find a way out of the impasse created by an anti-corruption activist on hunger strike.

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Published: Sat 27 Aug 2011, 1:10 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:40 PM

Anna Hazare had initially demanded Parliament pass his stringent version of a reform bill creating a government anti-corruption watchdog. The 74-year-old activist has since softened his stance, saying that if lawmakers pass a resolution backing some of his demands he’ll start eating.

Hazare’s critics say his fast subverts Parliament’s authority to pass legislation. Hazare’s hunger strike entered its 12th day Saturday.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reminded lawmakers Saturday that they are bound by oath to act “within the constitutional framework without violating the supremacy of Parliament.”

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