All party meet on Lokpal disappoints aam admi, no BIG lead

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New Delhi, Jul 3: Karnataka Lokayukta, Santosh Hegde earlier had said that the all party meeting on Lokpal bill would not come up with any consensus and now unfortunately, it seems that Hegde was right in his prediction.

The all party meeting on Sunday, Jul 3 indeed did not come up with any big headway. The prime cause of the deadlock in Lokpal bill remains undecided.

After the meeting which was attended by senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and many others, sources informed that the government wants a strong Lokpal to control corruption in the country.

Sources also claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants Lokpal to work with harmony with other institution in system.

While DMK and CPM want the PM under Lokpal's ambit, other parties - Congress, AIADMK oppose the demand. BSP, SP, RJD remained non-committal. Surprisingly, BJP has not yet cleared their stand on the issue.

However, the inclusion of the Prime Minister and higher judiciary under Lokpal's ambit remained a question for the consent of both civil society and government representatives in the joint committee panel which was made to draft a strong anti-corruption bill - Lokpal bill.

With the Anna team clamoring for an effective Jan Lokpal Bill, the controversy on the inclusion of the Prime Minister under the Bill's ambit is still in a limbo.

Anna Hazare, who threatened to resume his fast-unto-death protest from Aug 16 if government fails to table the bill in Parliament's monsoon session, met all opposition party leaders and Congress' Sonia Gandhi earlier.

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