Mumbai: Replying to criticism that he was seeking to create a 'parallel government' through a Jan Lokpal bill without accountability, flouting the basic structure of the Constitution, activist Anna Hazare on Friday said all parties should decide if that was the case.

"We have decided to approach leaders of all political parties and show them the government's draft and our draft. We will ask them to study the two drafts and let us know if they find anything that is against Constitution in our draft. We would like to know if our draft is an attempt at forming a parallel government," Hazare said.

The Gandhian said Civil Society members would ask the leader of all parties their views on the drafts and how to go about eradicating corruption in our society.

"We will meet and tell them to decide after reading our draft, so that no one says later that they were not shown the draft,” he added.

Friday’s meeting of Lokpal bill drafting committee member Arvind Kejriwal and former top cop Kiran Bedi with senior BJP leader L K Advani was a part of this process, he said.

Asked about Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's reported 'warning' to him not to fast again else he may get the "same treatment" as Baba Ramdev, Hazare said "If the party
is endangered, people (like Digvijay Singh) are bound to speak.”

"They are bound to make attempts to checkmate the agitation and ensure that people do not participate," he said.

"We will make our efforts, they will make their efforts (to foil the agitation). Why should I worry about that." "Civil society members, including myself, will meet chiefs and leaders of various parties and will also tour some states. I am at my village for a couple of days in connection with court work," Hazare said.

Asked if he was open to discussions on stumbling blocks in the draft, Hazare said "I have often said that issues could be resolved through discussions. I told this to those in the government. That you sit with us, be ready for discussions".

"Some people say that we are going outside the purview of the Constitution, looking at our draft. I want to tell them that we are not acting against the spirit of the Constitution," Hazare said.

"We are demanding that the same level of autonomy given to the Election Commission and Information Commissioner be given to Lokpal, who should be given powers of inquiry. What
stops you from empowering Lokpal with powers of investigation," he said.

Hazare's remarks came after Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the Gandhian leader was seeking to create a 'parallel government' through a Jan Lokpal bill without accountability, flouting the basic structure of the Constitution.

"Anna asks for prosecution powers sans accountability for the Lokpal, which means he wants a parallel government. Did our framers of the Constitution ever think of such a situation arising now?'' Sibal had said.

Hazare also took strong exception to Bal Thackeray's allegation that that his anti-corruption agitation was funded by corporates and challenged the Shiv Sena supremo to name such a corporate.

"Why do I need corporates? And if there is one, name it, that this corporate helped you. (If that is the case), I will become your slave for life. But stop making hollow claims. It is not alright to accuse and defame someone," he added.

In a statement issued from his village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, Hazare accused the government of lacking the will to check corruption.

"One cannot say that the government is not aware that not even 10 paise of every rupee spent on development work is not used on the actual work. However, we have realised that it is not the government's desire to have a corruption-free India," he said.

Almost 75 per cent of the money that comes into the government coffers is spent on establishment cost, including staff salaries, vehicles and housing, he said. There is corruption in the remaining 25 per cent, he added.

Corruption is a 'maharog' (disease) that has afflicted the country and has made life unbearable for the common man, he said. In many cases, action is not taken against cases of corruption as there is a whole 'chain of corruption' which reaches the top, he said.

There is no consensus on empowering Lokpal with investigative powers as some bureaucrats and people's representatives, fear that there would be no scope for corruption if this provision is included in the draft, Hazare said.

"The real question is whether India will ever be corruption-free," Hazare said. He asked supporters to actively participate in his agitation starting from August 16.

Lokpal bill not yet ready: Moily

Government said the Lokpal bill was not yet ready and it was open to fresh suggestions from the Civil Society before sending the bill to the drafting table.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily also said the government would start drafting the bill after getting a feedback from political parties and Chief Ministers.

"Yes, you can say that the government draft of the Lokpal bill is not ready. What we have is the draft of the government representatives in the Joint Drafting Committee," Moily told reporters here.

He was asked whether the 'official' government draft bill on Lokpal was ready.

He said both versions of the draft bill - one prepared by the government representatives and the other by Anna Hazare-led civil society - "could" be placed before political parties on July 3.

The government may send the two versions to the chief ministers to elicit their views.

He agreed to suggestions that government and the Hazare team could interact on the issue of the draft bill through e mail.

Moily stressed that the government version of the Lokpal bill "reflects the suggestions and opinions of the civil society as well...they were present in the meetings and gave suggestions which we have tried to incorporate."

The two sides in the committee, however, had differed on certain core issues such as scrutiny of Prime Minister, higher judiciary and the conduct of MPs in Parliament by the
Lokpal and procedure for selection and removal of the ombudsman.

After receiving feedback from political parties, the Law Ministry will start drafting the bill and send it to various ministries for consultation before placing it before the Union Cabinet.

The government's draft Lokpal bill, 2010 had included the Prime Minister's post under the ambit of the ombudsman, but HRD Minister Kapil Sibal - a member of the Joint Drafting Committee - had recently said that the document was only meant for inter-ministry consultations.