December 14th, 2011
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Lokpal: All party meeting today

all party meeting New Delhi: An all party meeting shall be held today to discuss the Lokpal Bill issue. The UPA hopes to break the logjam and arrive at a “broad consensus” among its allies on its latest version of the Lokpal. It hopes to find a meeting ground with Opposition parties on points that have so far remained unresolved.

The Prime Minister met all allies on yesterday night, including the new member Ajit Singh, who will be the new Civil Aviation Minister. “The allies were present and they expressed their views on the Lokpal Bill. Ajit Singh was present for the first time. There is a broad consensus on the approach of the UPA II alliance,” Chidambaram said.

Sources say the allies have also indicated their willingness to the inclusion of the lower bureaucracy under the ambit of the Lokpal. And at today’s meeting, all parties are expected to approve this, they added. The government may agree to include Group C bureaucrats and the Prime Minister under Lokpal, but with riders, said Chidambaram.

There is concern that the role of the CBI may remain the one point of contention. The government is said to have proposed that only the CBI’s prosecution wing be under the Lokpal’s supervision, while its investigation and administration wings will be independent. The BJP, sources say, is likely to oppose this at today’s meeting. The main opposition party wants the CBI’s investigation to be independent, while administration, it says, can be under the Lokpal.


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