Opposition leaders snub Arvind Kejriwal
As soon leaders finished their speeches during the activist`s day-long dharna at Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal requested them to clear their position on specific issues relating to Lokpal like composition of selection committee, appointment of CBI director and grievance redressal mechanism for complaints against group C employees.
As Kejriwal was speaking, CPI leader D Raja took the microphone and asked him to leave the detailed discussions on the Lokpal Bill to Parliament. Apparently unhappy with Kejriwal`s proposal, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said all the leaders have already discussed the fundamental issues and agreed to most of the key demands of Team Anna.
"We have already discussed the fundamental issues pertaining to Lokpal. We gave our opinion on most of the sticking issues. We all agreed that there should be a strong and effective Lokpal and we will do our best to make it happen. But details on specific issues should be left to Parliament for discussion," said Jaitley.
A visibly upset BJD leader Pinaki Misra said the draft Bill prepared by the Parliamentary Standing Committee was not cast in stone and that it can be changed by Parliament when comes for discussion. "The whole system cannot go backward. It will only go forward. The details can be discussed in Parliment," he said. CPM leader Brindra Karat, resolving to do everything possible for a strong Lokpal, said the issues raised by Kejriwal can be discussed in details by lawmakers in Parliament.