Lokpal row: Will all party meet break deadlock? BJP may skip

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New Delhi, Jun 30: When all eyes are on the upcoming all party meeting over Lokpal bill issue, the main opposition party - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hinted that it may skip the the meeting.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari, during an interview with a leading TV news channel, made such statements which suggested that the party leaders may not attend the meet to discuss the controversial Lokpal draft.

UPA government, after citing the deadlock between the civil society members and government representatives in the joint committee to draft the anti-corruption bill, has called the all party meeting on Sunday, Jul 3. The meeting was called to roll up the opposition parties' opinion and views on the bill before it is tabled in the monsoon session in the Parliament.

The civil society members led by the Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare wanted to have the Prime Minister under Lokpal's ambit and the government representatives overruled the demand.

Meanwhile, Hazare met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar where Hazare said, "Nitish Kumar has already implemented some of the clauses we want included in the Lokpal Bill."

However, the Bihar CM said, "I will tell the stand taken by us after studying the draft and discussing with party members and allies. The government has called for an all party meeting, before that there will be a discussion within our party."

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