All-party meet today, govt may include PM under Lokpal
The UPA government is likely to tell the all-party meeting it has convened today that it is ready to bring the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. Progress at first meet | One Bill, three ways to look at itdelhi Updated: Aug 24, 2011 10:28 IST
The UPA government is likely to tell the all-party meeting it has convened on Wednesday that it is ready to bring the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill.
It also intends to apprise opposition leaders about a comprehensive package of steps to combat corruption, including a new public procurement law and ways to end discretionary powers.
Above all, the government wants a consensus to emerge at least on what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh mentioned in his letter to Anna Hazare - "parliamentary supremacy and constitutional obligations in matters of legislation." Video
Both sides seem to have also agreed to let the Parliament decide on the inclusion of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the office of the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).
Reports say Team Anna agreed to the judiciary being covered by separate bill, provided that the Judicial Standards Bill is tabled and passed concurrently with the Lokpal Bill in this session of Parliament.
The government, caught between deteriorating health and the difficult demand of his team to introduce their Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament, appeared to be hoping to convince the activist to adopt a middle path.
"This was the first meeting, which according to us was fruitful and we will continue talking," Khurshid said.
The problem faced by the government is that the Lokpal Bill introduced by it in the Lok Sabha earlier this month has been referred to the parliamentary standing committee.
Hazare's team is insisting that their Jan Lokpal Bill be introduced in Parliament and that the government withdraw its bill.
This was reflected in Bhushan's statement that there was no need to refer their Jan Lokpal Bill to the standing committee.
"Enough discussion and debate has taken place on this bill since the last 42 years. Wide views have been ascertained. The bill should be taken up for discussion in Parliament," he said.
Bhushan, however, made it clear that talks with the government would continue.