New Delhi: With the threat of Anna Hazare`s
agitation looming large, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
called an all-party meeting next week to evolve a broad
consensus on the Lokpal Bill and ensure its passage during the
current session of Parliament that ends on December 22.
Before the all party meeting, the UPA allies will hold
confabulations among themselves on December 13 to devise a
common strategy and speak in one voice in Parliament.
Sources said the Union Cabinet will also meet on
Tuesday during which it is expected to consider the
recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Personnel and Law and Justice on the Lokpal Bill.
Singh has invited all political parties to a meeting at
his residence on December 14 to discuss the Lokpal issue and
build a broad consensus on the Bill so that it can be passed
without much hindrance during the on-going winter session.
Sources have indicated that the Lokpal Bill is likely
to be passed by the Cabinet after incorporating some of the
suggestions made by the Parliamentary panel.
The Lokpal Bill, with amendments, is likely to be
introduced in Parliament on December 19.
The Standing Committee report on the Bill, which was
presented in both Houses of Parliament yesterday, has earned
the ire of the opposition parties and Team Anna for deviating
from several issues on which a broad agreement had been
The opposition and Team Anna want that a Citizens`
Charter and lower bureaucracy be put under the Lokpal. They
also want the Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal but
exempt him on matters related to public order and national