New Delhi, Dec 14: The Prime Minister has called for an all-party meeting over the Lokpal Bill issue on Wednesday, where the government will try its best to achieve a breakthrough and it remains to be seen whether consensus will emerge on contentious issues. According to the media sources Congress is trying to build a consensus within the UPA. However, the Prime Minister met all allies on Tuesday night, including the new member Ajit Singh, who will be the new Civil Aviation Minister.
UPA sources stated that there is a broad consensus within the UPA to bring the Prime Minister under the Lokpal Bill. After the meeting Home Minister P Chidambaram told that a broad consensus has emerged within the UPA II, the allies were present and they expressed their views on the Lokpal Bill. He also said UPA`s new ally Ajit Singh was present for the first time.
According to the media sources under extreme pressure from the Opposition and Team Anna the government may agree to include Group C bureaucrats and the Prime Minister under Lokpal, but with riders. The main opposition Party BJP, who also participated in Anna Hazare's open debate on the Lokpal Bill on Sunday, claims it will not accept anything that falls short of the two clauses.
The BJP and BSP both have planned to oppose the Standing Committee's Lokpal Bill draft in the all-party meeting. The main opposition party is also planning to move an amendment motion on Lokpal if their demands are not met. The BJP will strongly push for the inclusion of the Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter under Lokpal at the all-party meeting and will move amendments in the Bill after consultation with other parties in case the government does not accept its proposals.
On the other hand, Team Anna's Core Committee will also meet in New Delhi for two days from Wednesday to chalk out future plans, including the proposed Ramlila Maidan agitation, if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.