NDA allies to finalise stand on Lokpal Bill
New Delhi: Ahead of the all-party meeting scheduled on July 3 to discuss the draft anti-graft Lokpal Bill, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will on Saturday meet allies of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to take a final call in this regard.
The meeting comes a day after social activist Anna Hazare and his civil society activists`` team met senior BJP leaders to garner support for their version of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
The civil society members met BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Friday.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari had earlier hinted that his party may not attend the Lokpal Bill meeting on July 3.
"The NDA will meet and take a decision on whether to attend the all-party meeting. The UPA wants us to attend the all-party meeting because now it needs our help," said Gadkari.
The final meeting between the government and civil society representatives on the Lokpal Bill ended here on June 21 with differences continuing to persist on six issues including bringing the post of the Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal.
Two sets of drafts- one by the government and the other by the civil society representatives would now be circulated amongst political parties and then would be forwarded to the cabinet for the final drafting of the Bill.
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