Hyderabad: Civil Society Member of the joint drafting committee of the Lok Pal Bill Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday met Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking the support of the main opposition party in the state to bring the Prime Minister under the Bill’s ambit.
Speaking to media persons outside Mr Naidu’s resident later, Mr Kejriwal said that the TDP chief responded positively to his plea of mounting pressure on the Centre to bring the Prime Minister under the Jan Lok Pal Bill’s purview.
The civil society representative also said that the Bill proposes to bring the Central Bureau of Investigations and the Central Vigilance Commission under its ambit.
“Such organisations (like the CBI and CVC) are functioning independently in other countries. Their being brought under the purview of the Jan Lok Pal does not mean that it (the Jan Lok Pal) would run parallel to the Judiciary and Executive,” Mr Kejriwal said.
Mr Kejriwal also revealed that Mr Naidu had pointed out some irregularities in the draft Bill and urged the drafting committee to ensure that these irregularities are removed.
The civil society representatives have been meeting political party leaders across the country to gather support so that the proposed Bill is passed in Parliament.
Talking to media persons later, TDP MP Nama Nageshwar Rao said that the party had already extended complete support to the campaign launched by social activist Anna Hazare over the Lok Pal Bill. We will continue our support to the Lok Pal Bill.”
Mr Nageshwar Rao further said that the TDP will attend the all-party meeting to discuss the Lok Pal Bill whenever it is held.(INN)