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Govt reaches out: Deshmukh meets Hazare with PM's message

Senior Maharashtra leader and Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today met social activist Anna Hazare with Prime Minsiter's fresh proposal and appeal. Reports say that Anna has demanded immediate discussion in Parliament on three contentious issues raised by his team. The three issues are appointment of state Lokayuktas, adopting a citizens' charter and including lower bureaucracy under the ambit of Lokpal Bill. Will debate Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament: PM's offer | Poll: Should Anna end his fast now? | LIVE updates

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2011 17:14 IST

Senior Maharashtra leader and Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Thursday met social activist Anna Hazare with Prime Minsiter's fresh proposal and appeal.

"I met Anna Hazare to request him to end fast following the appeal by Parliament and the Prime Minister," said Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Reports say that Anna has demanded immediate discussion in Parliament on three contentious issues raised by his team. The three issues are appointment of state Lokayuktas, adopting a citizens' charter and including lower bureaucracy under the ambit of Lokpal Bill.

Meanwhile, Team Anna is meeting to discuss Prime Minister's offer to debate all forms of bill draft in Parliament.

Earlier, the Lok Sabha unanimously made an appeal to Anna Hazare to end his fast, finance minister and government interlocuter Pranab Mukherjee hoped that the social activist will listen to this message.

"It is good news that Parliament unanimously appealed to Anna Hazare to break his fast. I do hope that in response to the Prime Minister's appeal and the appeal of the whole House, Shri Anna Hazare will end his fast," Pranab Mukherjee said outside Parliament.

He said: "the Prime Minister has also proposed that the Jan Lokpal Bill alongwith others may be discussed, of course, as per provisions and within the framework and procedures of Parliament. Members of Parliament will have the opportunity of discussing their views on various bills."

He said members can now have discussions on the Jan Lokpal Bill and that proposed by activist Aruna Roy, besides of the Government, in Parliament.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has been engaged in dialogue with Team Anna for ending the social activist's fast and resolving the Lokpal logjam.