Congress goes into a huddle over Hazare

Anna Hazare`s fast-unto-death demanding a revision of the Lokpal Bill entered the fourth day today.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 13:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi
Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed the
stalemate on the issue of an effective Lokpal Bill for which
Gandhian Anna Hazare has launched a campaign.

Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and Kapil Sibal, Political
Secretary to Congress President Ahmed Patel and Principal
Secretary to the Prime Minister T K A Nair were also present
at the meeting, party sources said.

The meeting comes a day after Gandhi appealed to
Hazare to end his fast, which entered the fourth day today,
assuring him that his views would receive the government`s
full attention.

Stepping up his anti-corruption campaign, Hazare
yesterday brushed aside Gandhi`s appeal to him to withdraw
his hunger strike as the government initiated talks on
formation of a joint committee to draft an effective Lokpal
Bill but there was no consensus on two crucial aspects.

A meeting of Sibal with activists Swami Agnivesh and
Arvind Kejriwal scheduled this morning did not take place as
both sides said they were waiting for each other. The meeting
is now scheduled at 6 pm.

PTI