March 23rd, 2012
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All party meet fails, Lokpal logjam persists, Anna to fast

ManmohanNew Delhi: The logjam over the Lokpal bill prevails eve as the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s all-party meet failed to arrive at consensus on the Lokpal Bill.Leaders of parties in Rajya Sabha including BJP’s Arun Jaitley, BSP’s S C Mishra, RJD’s Ram Kripal Yadav, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, NCP’S Tariq Anwar and CPI’s A B Bardhan met at the Prime Minister’s residence to discuss the controversial bill. MPs raised objections and sought clarifications on the different provisions of the Lokpal Bill. 97 amendments have been moved by Opposition members in the Upper House.

“We suggested that foreign funded NGOs and corporates which have dealing with the government, and any such allegations of corruption in the access of these contracts should also come under the purview of the Lokpal. Many of us have given our suggestions in this regard but the general consensus that is appearing in the intervening period of three weeks, use this time to arrive at an understanding over these issues,” CPM leader Sitaram Yechury told the media.

Social activist Anna Hazare and his team, meanwhile, have renewed their pressure on the government.Mr Hazare said,” We’ve learnt that the PM’s meeting has failed to evolve consensus. On March 25, we’ll protest at Jantar Mantar. We will tell the people that the government is not serious about the Lokpal Bill, about fighting corruption. The bill in its present form will not be an effective tool against corruption.”


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