Indian Law makers from opposition parties shout slogans against ruling Congress party as they come out of parliament house after a debate on anti corruption bill in the Upper house, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. The government on Thursday, after a debate on anti graft bill in the Upper house of parliament, said that said that there was no time left for voting and passage of the anti corruption or Lokpal Bill , according to the Local newspaper Times Of India website.
NEW DELHI: India's Parliament was not able to pass a controversial anti-corruption bill that had been cleared by the powerful lower house earlier this week.
The Rajya Sabha, or upper house, debated the bill for more than 13 hours Thursday before adjourning at midnight without clearing the bill. That leaves potential passage of the government's watchdog bill delayed indefinitely.
The lower house passed the anti-graft bill Tuesday after hours of fierce debate with several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. The bill becomes a law only after both houses of Parliament pass it and send it to the president for her signature.
Parliament will not reconvene until early next year, though the date is unclear.