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Lokpal Bill should be formed without any disputes: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Ahead of the all-party meet convened by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this evening to discuss the draft of the Lokpal Bill, Janata Dal (United) supremo Sharad Yadav today said that the Bill should be formed after the resolution of all contentious issues between the civil society representatives and the government.

“The strategy is that a strong Lokpal Bill should be formed and it cannot be formed till the government doesn’t give a proposal from their side. Till now, two drafts are given and these two drafts are not from the cabinet,” said Yadav.

“One draft is from the civil society representatives and the other is draft is proposed by the government. They have said that there are still disputes on six issues, they need to think what can be done,” he added.

Talking about the all-party meeting, Yadav said though it is a good step to call for the meeting, but it has been called very late.

“They called for the all-party meeting, but the meeting has been called very late. But it is a good step that they have called the meeting. We will go there and then we will tell you our views later,” he added.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has convened the all-party meet with an aim to discuss the draft of the Lokpal Bill after the central ministers and civil society representatives of a joint drafting panel failed to arrive at a consensus and submitted different versions of the Bill.

The final meeting between the government and civil society representatives on the drafting panel ended on June 22 with divergent views remaining on six key issues including bringing the post of Prime Minister under the purview of the ombudsman.

The key issues of differences are on inclusion of the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and acts of Members of Parliaments inside Parliament within the purview of the Ombudsman Committee, the mode of selection and removal of its members.

Two sets of drafts-one by the government and the other by the civil society representatives would now be circulated amongst political parties and it would be forwarded to the Cabinet for the final drafting of the bill. (ANI)