CBI under Lokpal? Govt in a tizzy

The government has begun back door negotiations with Team Anna to end the deadlock over bringing lower bureaucracy and the CBI under the purview of the Lokpal.

Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 10:18 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Even as the nation gets ready for noted social worker Anna Hazae’s indefinite fast at the Ramlila Ground, reports on Friday claimed that the Congress government is still charting out a strategy for a breakthrough with Team Anna.

As per reports, the government has begun back door negotiations with Team Anna to end the deadlock over bringing lower bureaucracy and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the purview of the Lokpal.

The deadlock on the issue still remains as both the sides have refused to budge even an inch on it.

So now, the government has roped in politicians and NGOs from Maharashtra and entrusted them the task of persuading the Team Anna.

In view of the overwhelming support pouring in for Anna Hazare, the government is sticking to its wait-and-watch policy, concerted efforts are still on to eventually end the stand-off on the contentious issues.

When quizzed by the reporters, key Team Anna members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan say they have not been contacted by anyone from the government`s side.

Interestingly, lending credence to this report, former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde yesterday hinted at a compromise between the government and Team Anna.

"We want strong a Lokpal Bill. They are saying we are adamant on Prime Minister and the judges, I am saying I will persuade my colleagues not to be adamant on these two issues. But we have differences on eight issues. Let them agree on those issues," he was quoted as saying in the media reports.