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People came on streets for a jokepal? Kejriwal

Press Trust of India
Nov 18, 2011 at 07:29pm IST

New Delhi: Team Anna is reaching out to the members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill to ensure that their concerns are addressed in the recommendations they will be sending.

Activist Arvind Kejriwal has held meetings with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shailendra Kumar and S Semmalai among others in the past few days.

Sources said Kejriwal has been urging the members for including their demand of putting CBI's anti-corruption wing as well as all government employees under the ambit of Lokpal.

People came on streets for a jokepal? Kejriwal

Without CBI, Lokpal would be a post office, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Friday.

"Without CBI, Lokpal would be a post office. It will forward complaints to CBI for investigations and forward CBI's report to court. Do we need such a clerical role for Lokpal? Did lakhs of people come on streets for a jokepal?" Kejriwal tweeted on Friday.

Paswan, who had a meeting with Kejriwal earlier in the day, said that he has categorically told Team Anna that he will not support any move to bring the prime minister under the ambit of Lokpal.

"The prime minister cannot be exposed to competitive politics. We have a hostile neighbourhood and we cannot have our prime minister under scanner always," he said.

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