It is very natural to ask why the Central government did not convene a joint-party meeting on the issue of the Lokpal earlier. Had the government been proactive earlier, it could have avoided the controversy and the prevalent logjam over the issue. Now, in order to extract success from the much delayed all-party meet, the political parties would have to elevate themselves above party interests in discussing the different facets of the office of the Lokpal, including its ambit, powers and functioning. The meeting should not be restricted to tendering suggestions because political parties have been doing it for the last four decades without any results. The discussion must aim at formulating a mechanism that meets the demand of the civil society of a strong Lokpal. Both the ruling party and the Opposition must not be under the impression that the civil society movement reflects the opinion of a selected few. The political parties must be seized of the fact that the common man is angry over government’s inaction against graft and the country is not willing to grant them any concession over the issue. The truth is that the conduct of political parties has forced the country to believe as they deliberately do not constitute a mechanism which can curb the menace of corruption. In this context it becomes imperative, especially for the government, to resist from terming the office of the Lokpal as a body undermining the Constitution and the Parliament. The efforts of describing the Lokpal as a parallel government are aimed at deflecting the attention of the people from the core.

It would be better if the political parties apart from mooting measures to constitute a strong Lokpal also discuss how to expedite the political, administrative and electoral reforms because they have been due for long and the nation is fed up with hollow promises of the politicians on these issues. However, the fact is that some of the political parties have already started raising questions ahead of the joint party meeting is not sending right signals. The Opposition parties must not resort to non co-operation with the government just because it did not seek their opinion at the right time. The stand of some political parties is such that before seeking their opinion the Central government must either express its views or else table the draft of the Lokpal Bill is nothing but a reflection of parochial political mindset.  The political parties must realize that people are not differentiating between the ruling and the opposition parties in doubting their intentions in curbing corruption. Such doubts could be addressed only when both the ruling and the opposition parties appear to be hand-in hand in constituting an effective Lokpal.