NEW DELHI, May 10 � In a bid to evolve consensus on the Lokpal Bill before it is brought to the Rajya Sabha, the Government today reached out to the Opposition and other parties to thrash out differences and ensure smooth passage of the proposed legislation, reports PTI.
Union Ministers Kapil Sibal, Salman Kurshid, Pawan Kumar Bansal and V Narayansamy met Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley in Parliament House to discuss the Lokpal Bill.
The BJP is adamant on two main issues namely, that the process of appointment and removal of the Lokpal be made more democratic and the CBI be kept out of government control.
Sources said the Government is coming around to the view that the State Lokayukta be kept out of the Lokpal Bill and a model law be passed by Parliament to enable States to create their own Lokayuktas.
Opposition-ruled States as well as West Bengal, where ally TMC is in power, are against the Lokayukta clause in the Bill.
These Union Ministers are also likely to meet CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury and leaders from other parties to discuss their views.