"The whole purpose was to strengthen the institution of Lokpal and Lokayukta and give it constitutional stature. The House, particularly the BJP, have decided that they don't want it so and the House lacks two-third majority. It is a sad day of democracy," said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
According the Lokpal a constitutional status was first mooted by Rahul Gandhi. The bill failing is an embarrassment for the government.