The fact seems to be forthcoming that the last meeting of the Lokpal panel was conducted in a cordial manner and both the parties accepted positive breakthroughs despite persistent differences. The views expressed by both the parties after the meeting signify that the previous meetings of the joint draft committee lacked in harmony. It was visibly evident as both the parties never missed an opportunity to target each other. On several occasions things came to a pass that both the parties not only expressed lack of confidence in each other but also resorted to personal criticism. Had such lows been avoided, the results would have been different. If the allegations of the representatives of the civil society are to be believed that the government representatives during the meeting restrict themselves to announcing decisions rather than discussing the nitty-gritties of the Lokpal Bill which signifies the government’s prejudiced views. Such things happen only when the government cares least about people’s sentiments. Things can still be brought on track if both the parties agree to bridge the differences. The government must understand that if it fails to constitute a strong Lokpal, the civil society would have nothing to lose. If the Central government wants to maintain its credibility and confidence with the common man, it will have to walk an extra mile to ensure that office of effective Lokpal becomes a reality. At present, it appears to be just pretending of doing so.

Despite the relative success of the Lokpal panel meeting, it is difficult to predict that the Lokpal Bill would be tabled in the upcoming session of the Parliament because the government representatives on one hand have claimed broader agreement on key issues, but the civil society members have expressed dissatisfaction questioning on several issues which are still to be sorted out. The government claims prove to be incorrect if understanding has not been reached over issues like bringing the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside the Parliament under the ambit of the Lokpal apart from the appointment and removal of Lokpal. Though the government has assured to discuss the contentious issues, but its attempt at lobbying the ball in Opposition’s court indicates that it is interested only in formulating a Lokpal Bill of its liking. It is disappointing that despite all-round criticism, the Central government does not appear to be committed in formulating an effective Lokpal. The approach and actions of the Centre have forced the common man to believe that the political parties, especially the Central government, do not desire to put in place an effective anti-graft ombudsman.