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Sonia not to meet Hazare today

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 30 (IANS): Congress president Sonia Gandhi would not be meeting social activist Anna Hazare and other civil society representatives pitching for a Lokpal bill Thursday, a senior Congress leader said.

"The meeting between Anna Hazare and Sonia Gandhi has been cancelled for today," Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told IANS.

"The meet between Anna and Sonia Gandhi has not been cancelled but will take place later... we have not been given any time so far," said a civil society leader, pleading anonymity.

Hazare, accompanied by civil society representatives Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and will also hold talks with Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan.

Hazare earlier said his team wanted to meet Sonia Gandhi to discuss the Lokpal bill. His team would be meeting political leaders across the board to build a consensus on the bill drafted by members of the civil society.

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