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Standing Committee meet ends, dissent over Lokpal

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Nov 30, 2011 at 07:42pm IST

New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal met on Wednesday and there was disagreement over exclusion of lower bureaucracy and Prime minister, sources said.

There was also Objection to CBI members not being appointed like the CVC. Members Kirti Azad, Bal Apte, Haren Pathak and Arjun Meghwal are to give dissenting note on draft, sources said.

It was also said that they were against Citizens' Charter being a separate entity.

"BSP wants that Prime Minister should be excluded, Group C bureaucracy should be included under the ambit of Lokpal and independence of CBI should be ensured, sources said.

Samajwadi Party and Left are also to give dissenting note, they said.

However, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that the Committee reached on a consensus and convergence.

"Got cooperation from all the members of the standing committee members. Deliberations on Lokpal bill is over," he said.

Earlier, Team Anna has hit out at the non-inclusion of lower bureaucracy and has accused the government of betrayal.

Anna Hazare has also warned of another fast beginning December 27 if his demands are not met.

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