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Team Anna members meet BJP top brass on Lokpal

Last updated on: November 22, 2011 15:47 IST

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Team Anna on Tuesday met senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj to lobby for the party's support for inclusion of lower bureaucracy, judiciary and Central Bureau of Intelligence under the purview of proposed Lokpal.

Activists Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia met Jaitley, Swaraj and S S Alhuwalia in Parliament House where they discussed for about an hour the developments in the Standing Committee on Lokpal.

"We were not here to protest. We are holding meetings and will have more discussions," Kejriwal told mediapersons after the meeting, which took place on the first day of Winter Session of Parliament.

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Image: File photo of Anna Hazare addressing media persons in New Delhi along with activist Arvind Kejriwal

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The Lokpal Bill is expected to be placed before the House for passing during this session. Anna Hazare has demanded that a strong bill be passed in this session itself or he will launch an agitation and campaign against Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls in five states next year.

Bedi said it was useful to hear each other and was helpful in the current scenario.

Team Anna members argued for the inclusion of judiciary, lower bureaucracy, CBI and Citizen's Charter under the ambit of Lokpal though reports suggested that there was a consensus in the Standing Committee to exclude these.


Image: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj

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The activists said that the Group C and D employees should be under the ambit of Lokpal, saying common man has to deal with these employees on a daily basis.

"Their exclusion means 57 lakh employees will be out of the ambit of Lokpal. Common man's plight will continue. The corruption in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act, Public Distribution Syste, and all will continue," he said.

On the issue of keeping CBI out of Lokpal's control, Team Anna said the Standing Committee proposal on the agency would reduce Lokpal to merely a post office -- receive complaints, forward it to CBI, receive CBI's report and present it before the court.

They also argued for the inclusion of judiciary and citizen's charter in the Lokpal Bill, saying the separate legislations prepared by the government were "weak and ineffective".


Image: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley

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