Stating that they were ready to hold talks in a "honest and sincere manner", Team Anna alleged that Home Minister P Chidambaram and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal were taking a strong stand forcing the government not to enter into a compromise with them on the Lokpal Bill.
"It appears that there are some strong elements in the government who want to nullify the entire dialogue process...We were told that in CCPA, especially Chidambaram and Sibal, were completely opposed to any kind of agreement or any kind of dialogue," activist Arvind Kejriwal told reporters here.
"We are becoming victims of Congress' internal politics. Day before yesterday, the talks were positive, but in the CCPA meeting, Salman Khurshid told us that there was a lot of fighting. Chidambaram and Sibal said there should be no dialogue with us and we should be tackled with a tough hand," he alleged.
The accusation came after late night talks between two sides ended in a deadlock with both sides failing to resolve the key issues, prompting the civil society to declare that they were "back to square one".
Kejriwal said if the CCPA and government can "ignore" the views of a senior leader like Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief government negotiator, then the question is that whom should they talk to? "We will talk to the government," another Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said.