Ahead of social activist Anna Hazare's threat to go on a fast from March 25 to get the Lokpal Bill passed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called an all- party meeting in New Delhi on Friday in a fresh bid to end the deadlock over the contentious legislation, which was passed by the Lok Sabha during the winter session but was scuttled in the Rajya Sabha by the Opposition.
There is a buzz that the government may drop the clauses pertaining to setting up of Lokayuktas in states, a provision that faced stiff opposition from friends and foes alike. Sources said Parliament will not meet on Friday because of festivals such as Gudi Padwa and Ugadi.
Sources said the government was keen on passing the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The BJP has said the debate and amendments to the Bill should be taken up from where it was left on December 29.
A senior minister had said recently that the government was contemplating a move that would help clear the obstacles in the way of its easy passage in Parliament as also dismiss the opposition campaign that the Congress was against the measure.