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Govt ready for talks on Lokpal: Chidambaram

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Aug 12 (IANS): The government is ready for talks on the Lokpal bill but it is for civil society leader Anna Hazare to decide, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Friday.

"It is for Hazare to decide (whether to take part in the discussion)," Chidambaram told a press conference here.

Asked if the proposed fast by Hazare here from Aug 16 will be permitted, Chidambaram said the police will decide.

Chidambaram said there was no deal between the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on conducting parliament business.

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