`PM, HM have made govt stand on Lokpal clear`

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram have made clear the government`s stand on the Lokpal Bill.

Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram have made clear the government`s stand on the Lokpal Bill.

"I have nothing more to add," he told reporters here.
The Prime Minister, who is scheduled to arrive here
today on a two-day visit to West Bengal, had said yesterday
that there was a lot of scope for give and take on the Bill
and the government was open to discussion and dialogue on the
issue. He had also called on broad national consensus.

The Union Home Minister had earlier said that Anna
Hazare, whose fast for the Jan Lokpal Bill entered the sixth
day today, was free to place his views before the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice and
Personnel which has sought public opinion on the Bill.

Hazare`s Jan Lokpal Bill was yesterday submitted for
consideration before the Parliamentary Standing Committee,
which is examining the government`s version of the
legislation.

PTI

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