New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who has so far maintained silence on his meeting with Anna Hazare over a month ago, on Friday lamented that nothing could come out of the talks.

"It was a perfectly sane conversation...the conversation was enjoyable. But unfortunately nothing could come out of it, and I am sad nothing could come of it. If something had come of it, I would have been the happiest person," Khurshid said.

While he has acknowledged meeting Hazare on June 23 in Maharashtra, this is for the first time he has spoken about the conversation he had with the activist.

The minister also made it clear that during the meeting neither he nor Hazare had promised anything to each other.

"...I did not promise anything, he did not promise anything. To be fair to him, he did not promise anything."

In an article he has written for 'Tehelka' magazine, Khurshid said Hazare has always insisted on bringing all government servants under Lokpal; establishment of both Lokpal and Lokayukta; and the need for a Citizens' Charter.

"During my meeting with Anna, he reiterated this and I explained that we had already taken care of these: all groups are included; both Lokpal and Lokayukta were included in the Bill, but because of objections by states, we have agreed to provide a model legislation for Lokayukta, and that the Citizens' Charter is provided in a separate legislation," he wrote.

Hazare, according to Khurshid, wanted this in writing and thereafter, he would announce his support for the government's effort at a press conference.


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