Day 10: Team Anna-Govt talks in jeopardy

Team Anna may boycott the fourth round of talks with the government over Lokpal bill.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The negotiations between the government and Team Anna entered a danger zone on Thursday. As social activist Anna Hazare`s hunger strike against corruption enters 10th day, his team has indicated that it may boycott the fourth round of talks with the government over the contentious Lokpal Bill.

A day after their parleys ended in a logjam, the two sides were scheduled to meet again around this noon to thrash out a solution to the row that will also end Hazare`s fast amid growing concerns over his health.

Dialogue has to be with an honest mind, underlined team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal.

Vowing that agitation will intensify, Kejriwal said the government has rejected to take Jan Lokpal Bill. The government has backtracked on the demands they had agreed upon earlier.

He further said the team has become a victim of Congress’ internal politics.

"We have become victims of internal politics of Congress. How many rounds of talks we have had with senior leaders like Kapil Sibal and Chidambaram but nothing has happened till now. Whom will we talk to?" Kejriwal said.

“There were strong indications that Annaji could be evicted from Ramlila Maidan early morning today (Thursday). As the issue was publicised nothing was done," Kejriwal told reporters here.

In the meantime, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said Team Anna does not know who to trust and talk to.

“Talks should happen with those who take decisions,” she asserted.

Meanwhile, Dr Naresh Trehan said Anna Hazare`s health is stable. Anna`s blood and urine samples have been taken and reports would be released this evening.

The third round of the talks between Team Anna and the government on a sweeping anti-corruption law ended in a deadlock on Wednesday night, shattering hopes of an early resolution to the spiralling political crisis triggered by Hazare`s indefinite fast

Hazare`s representatives -- Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi -- were visibly upset at the lack of progress in a 90-minute meeting with government negotiators led by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

They alleged that the government had done a U-turn and not being serious about bringing in a strong anti-corruption law that would set up a powerful and an independent watchdog.

"We are quite disappointed with today`s meeting. We will have to start from scratch if talks have to continue," Bhushan said, adding they would be meeting again.

Law Minister Salman Khursheed, one of the government negotiators, said the two sides were still talking and would have another round. "How can there be any breakdown when they said they would come again at 12 (Thursday)?"

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