New Delhi: The government seems to be bending backwards to get all political parties on board on the Lokpal Bill ahead of the all-party meeting on Wednesday. Sources say the government's draft on Lokpal will bring the prosecution wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the ambit of the Lokpal.
Team Anna wants the investigation wing of CBI under the Lokpal Bill. The Standing Committee's Lokpal draft already has the CBI's prosecution power under the bill. The political parties are believed to wield influence note for the investigation wing of the CBI.
There is already a broad consensus within the UPA on including the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill, which has been a long standing demand of Team Anna. But the Prime Minister's inclusion will come with a few riders.
The government may also agree to include Group C employees under the Lokpal's ambit as has been demanded by Anna Hazare and his team.
Trying to build a consensus within the UPA, the Prime Minister met all allies on Tuesday night. Home Minister P Chidambaram, after the meeting said that a broad consensus has emerged within the UPA II. "The allies were present and they expressed their views on the Lokpal Bill. Ajit Singh was present for the first time. There is a broad consensus on the approach of the UPA II alliance," he said.
The government has been under extreme pressure from not just Team Anna, but also the Opposition. The BJP and BSP have planned to oppose the Standing Committee's Lokpal Bill draft in the all-party meeting.
The BJP also plans to move an amendment motion on Lokpal if their demands are not met. The BJP will press for the inclusion of the Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and Citizens' Charter under Lokpal at the all-party meeting and will move amendments in the Bill after consultation with other parties in case the government does not accept its proposals.
Earlier on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP leader Mayawati also made it clear that her party will not support the bill in its current form. She also alleged that the UPA was not bringing a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament as such a move will affect the Congress the most.
The CPM also trained guns at the government saying they want the Prime Minister and Group C and D bureaucrats under the Lokpal Bill.
Meanwhile, Team Anna's Core Committee also met in New Delhi for on Wednesday to chalk out future plans, including the proposed Ramlila Maidan agitation, if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.