New Delhi: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar on Monday met NDA leaders on behalf of Anna Hazare at
senior BJP leader LK Advani`s residence to discuss the Lokpal
issue and garner opposition support for the cause the Gandhian
is fighting for.
Though there was no official word from either side
about the meeting, sources said Ravishankar praised Anna
Hazare as a good man who should be supported at this juncture.
He said a way should be found out to end the deadlock and
discussed in detail the whole issue around the Lokpal Bill.
The spiritual guru, who is also acting as Hazare`s
emissary in talks with the government, wanted to know the NDA
view on the Lokpal issue and solicit its support to the
demands being raised by the Gandhian.
Civil society activists Prashant Bhushan and Arvind
Kejriwal had planned to accompany Ravishankar to the NDA
meeting but kept away at the last moment, reportedly due to
heavy media presence at Advani`s residence.
Sources said the NDA held a separate meeting to decide
its strategy in Parliament in the wake of the developments in
"We have decided not to disrupt Parliament tomorrow
and will press for a discussion on the new corruption issues.
The CAG reports on K G Basin deal, Air India as well as the
other corruption issues will be discussed," a senior NDA
In today`s NDA meeting, the opposition also decided not
to join hands with the nine political parties, led by the
Left, which will hold protest demonstrations inside and
outside Parliament tomorrow on a host of issues - including
corruption, farmers` rights, price rise and attack on
The NDA has decided to have a discussion on corruption
under Rule 193 in Lok Sabha. This is a climb down on its part
as there would be no voting on the resolution. Earlier, the
NDA had demanded a discussion on corruption under Rule 184,
which entails voting. The wording of the resolution was being
finalised between the government and the opposition.
The NDA does not want to be seen voting with the
government as it happened during the debate on price rise
earlier this month. The Left and other parties voted and asked
for a division of votes and since the wording of the
resolution was agreed upon by UPA and NDA, the two voted for
BJP sources said the party is also expecting a call
from the government amid reports that the Prime Minister
himself is planning to take the party and the NDA alliance on
board on the Hazare issue. This may lead to a slight revision
in its plans, sources said.
NDA will not participate in tomorrow`s strike call
given by the nine political parties. It has decided to
mobilise its own cadre to hold protests and demonstrations
BJP has chalked out an ambitious plan of enrolling 10
Lakh youth through its youth wing BJYM and form a Yuva Vahini
(youth brigade) for the purpose.