New Delhi: Team Anna on Tuesday demanded that
government mandate somebody officially for opening a political
dialogue on the Lokpal issue and suggested that it either
withdraw the official bill or amend it by including provisions
of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
"Let the government mandate somebody officially. We are
waiting for a political dialogue. Today there is need for a
political dialogue. It is not a technical issue. It is not a
bureaucratic issue. It is a political problem.
"There has to be a political solution rather than saying
go and make your case to the Standing Committee. That is not
the way," activist Arvind Kejriwal told reporters as Hazare`s
fast entered the eighth day today.
He said officially they have not got any proposal from
Asked about various proposals being talked about,
Kejriwal said, "There are two options. The government can
withdraw its bill and introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill or the
government can bring amendments to the existing bill. The
government should make a list on the points it agrees or
However, Kejriwal said Hazare has not insisted that he
will talk only with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Team Anna is maintaining that no formal talks have begun
even as close aides of spiritual leader Bhayyuji Maharaj
handed over a fresh 11-point proposal to Hazare late in the
night. However, they could not meet the Gandhian as he was
Kejriwal said government should look into the 22 points
on which there are disagreements and say which ones are
acceptable and ask bureaucrats the way to implement them.
The Hazare team also appealed to MPs to reflect the views
and concerns of the common man on the Jan Lokpal Bill when
Parliament reconvenes after a break today.
Indications that Hazare and the government may engage in
a dialogue emerged yesterday with the Gandhian asking a
representative to be named for the purpose by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, who has expressed a willingness to have a
"reasoned debate" on the issue.