New Delhi: The Team Anna has failed to get the complete support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass on its draft on the Lokpal Bill. Though the BJP leaders agreed on the creation of an effective Lokpal, party seniors raised fingers at several points included in the Civil Society draft.

The meeting which lasted for nearly two and a half hour on Friday witnessed Team Hazare and the BJP come at loggerheads over several issues. Though BJP has avoided making its stand clear on issues like whether the PM should be brought within the Lokpal purview, the political outfit has raised questions over the inclusion of higher judiciary and parliamentarians under the ambit of Ombudsman.

BJP leaders said they wanted to be satisfied about a whole range of issues pertaining to the proposed anti-corruption watchdog. Before attending the all party meeting called by UPA on July 3, BJP has planned to discuss the details of Lokpal draft with its NDA allies.

On one side, though the BJP leaders assured the Civil Society members of backing an effective Lokpal, the party stalwarts claimed that they will give their opinion only after watching the Government draft.

After the meeting, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Party leaders had a detailed discussion with the Civil Society members. We firmly believe that the process for the appointment of a Lokpal is not important, but what is imperative is to know about the type of people who will be given the key responsibility.”

Commenting on the issue of federal framework, the BJP said it should not be affected by the Lokpal system.

Discussing on the inclusion of parliamentarians under the Lokpal purview, the BJP also raised doubts that the MPs would be hesitant to discuss the topic in Parliament.  He added, “Therefore, the draft should clarify that the parliamentarians would be permitted to raise the issues in Parliament.”

While Team Hazare included Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia, whereas L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and M M Joshi were among the BJP stalwarts to attend the meeting.

(Agencies)