Let Cong, Govt communicate its views on Lokpal

Patna: The BJP on Saturday said it was not opposed to taking part in an all party meeting but would place its views on bringing the Prime Minister in the ambit of the Lokpal only when the Congress and the government circulated its view on the issue.

"We are not opposed to participate in An all-party meeting to seek views … but firstly, we would like to have the views of the Congress and the government on bringing the Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal," BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters here.

Stating that the there was no unanimity in the Congress and the government on the issue, Prasad claimed while a Congress leader was in favour of bringing the PM within the ambit of Lokpal, others were opposed to it.

"The Congress and the government should at least come out with its tentative view on the subject," he said, adding that the country would like to know.

When told about former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s reported statement that the PM should be brought within the purview of the Lokpal, Prasad said "we know it."

"We in the BJP have a categorical view on the issue of corruption," he said while declining to answer whether his party favoured the stand of Gandhian Anna Hazare on the PM being brought within the ambit of the proposed legislation.