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Monday, 22 August 2011

Anna Hazare upset with Govt mediators: Sources

New Delhi: Anna Hazare is reportedly upset with Government's move to employ mediators to start talks with him on the Jan Lokpal Bill, sources have told CNN-IBN. Spiritual guru Bhayyuji Maharaj and senior Maharashtra bureaucrat UC Sarangi were involved in back-channel talks with Team Anna on Sunday,
According to his close associated Hazare reportedly wants senior Government ministers to hold talks with him because is believes that a strong Lokpal is a national issue.

Union Telecom and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has reportedly told Bhayyu Maharaj that he is ready to talk with Hazare if other members of Team Anna - Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Kiran Bedi - are kept out.

However, Team Anna said that that no one representing the Central Government had contacted them and questioned Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Harish Rawat's statement that the Centre had initiated talks with Hazare and his supporters at various levels to break the deadlock.

Bhayyuji Maharaj said that he will attempt for an open debate on the Lokpal Bill.

"Both sides want a solution. But there needs to be start, which is unfortunately getting delayed. I want both the government and Team Anna to come together for a strong Lokpal bill. Open debate should take place on contentious issue and talks should be transparent and in public domain. Anna's arrest was a mistake," said Bhayyu Maharaj.

As Hazare's fast entered its seventh day on Monday, there are no signs of compromise yet over the issue of which bill - Government's Lokpal Bill or Team Anna's Jan Lokpal Bill - should be passed by Parliament.
Team Anna has also refused Government's offer for four months to discuss and pass the Lokpal Bill.


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