Despite differences, Sonia likely to meet Hazare

A meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Anna Hazare is expected soon despite differences between Congress and the civil society over the issue of Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi: A meeting between Sonia Gandhi
and Anna Hazare is expected soon despite differences between
Congress and the civil society over the issue of Lokpal Bill.

An indication to this effect was given by a senior party
leader who declined to be identified.
"The Congress President has always extended due
courtseies to anyone notwithstanding differences on issues",
the leader noted.

The Hazare camp had yesterday said that the Gandhian was
to meet the Congress President today but sources at 10
Janpath, Gandhi`s residence, said no appointment has been
fixed for the day.

Hazare has sought a meeting with Gandhi to explain her
the civil society`s stand on Lokpal bill.

Reaching out to political parties ahead of the all-party
meeting, the Anna Hazare team had yesterday met CPI(M) General
Secretary Prakash Karat and RLD chief Ajit Singh to explain
their position on Lokpal Bill.

Hazare had yesterday said he will try to persuade Sonia
Gandhi to include the office of the Prime Minister in Lokpal
Bill.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, meanwhile, refrained
from commenting on Anna team`s meeting politicians over Lokpal
issue saying Hazare can himself explain better what he was
doing.

He said Congress is committed to fighting corruption and
the government has also taken the required steps. The party
would give its opinion after the all-party meeting takes a
view on the draft.

Congress advised BJP leaders to "start studying" the
economics of the country before attacking the government over
fuel price hike and questioning the government`s wisdom.

"Had BJP been teaching students of India economics, no
student would have passed. I pity the way BJP leaders give
childish and irresponsible statements. It will be better if
they study a bit and increase their knowledge. This will help
their party as well as the nation," Tewari said.

PTI

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