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Cong backs PM`s offer for dialogue over Lokpal

Congress supported Manmohan Singh`s statements for a "reasoned debate" on the Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi: Congress on Monday supported Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s statements for a "reasoned debate"
on the Lokpal Bill and that there is a "lot of scope for give
and take" on the issue.

"Congress supports the views expressed by Prime Minister
at the meeting of the Planning Commission here on Saturday and
at the function at the IIM Kolkata today on the issue of
Lokpal," AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

His remarks came soon after the Prime Minister in a
fresh bid to end the week-long standoff with Team Anna said
in Kolkata that Government is open to a "reasoned debate" on
the Lokpal Bill and that the Parliamentary panel examining it
can propose changes.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister had said there was a
"lot of scope for give and take" on the Lokpal Bill and the
government was open to "discussion and dialogue" on the issue.

Answering questions from the media at the conclusion of
the full meeting of the Planning Commission here, the Prime
Minister had said, "We are open to discussion and dialogue.
We like a broad national consensus to emerge. We are all in
favour of a Lokpal, which is strong and which is effective."

Singh made similar remarks in Kolkata today while
attending the golden jubilee function of the Indian Institute
of Management there.

"We are open to a reasoned debate on all these issues," he
said. "We have made it clear that all concerned individuals
should convey their concern on different aspects of the bill
to their representatives in Parliament and to the standing
committee", he said adding, "The Standing Committee has the
power to propose any amendment".

Team Anna has been insisting that the government version
of the Lokpal Bill was weak and would only encourage


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