Kejriwal meets Khurshid, says no breakthrough yet
Team Anna today said talks can begin with the government only when it takes the first step of restoring "trust and confidence" by introducing Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.All-party meet tomorrowdelhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 16:55 IST
Team Anna today said talks can begin with the government only when it takes the first step of restoring "trust and confidence" by introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament and made it clear that the Gandhian's agitation and fast will continue till then. Meanwhile, civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal met Law Minister Salman Khurshid. He said there was no progress yet.
Swami Agnivesh, a core member of Team Anna, said the government has indicated keenness to enter into negotiations with them, but it is at a very "unofficial" stage.
"But we cannot say to what extent that there is a desire from central ministers who got in touch with me and they say they are very soon going to talk to the Prime Minister. Yesterday night, there was a meeting," he told reporters at the Ramlila Maidan here.
He also said there were a series of meetings on the issue at the government-level.
"And hopefully they have agreed to introduce Jan Lokpal Bill. If it is done that will be the first step to restore confidence and trust. Then only some talks can being," Agnivesh said.
He said the Hazare group was not by anyway talking of withdrawing the agitation or fast.
"Unless there is something concrete in writing then only we will take some decision," he said.
Meanwhile, civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal met Law Minister Salman Khurshid. He said there was no progress yet.
"We met for the first time today (Tuesday). Discussions were held on the key issues," Kejriwal told Star News after the meeting.
"There has not been any progress. I am going to Anna Hazare and will comment only after discussing it with him," he said. (With IANS inputs)
First Published: Aug 23, 2011 16:37 IST