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Arvind Says Sibal Does Not Want Them To Attend Lokpal Bill Meeting

Afroz Alam Sahil, BeyondHeadlines

New Delhi: Right to Information Act (RTI) activist Arvind Kejriwal today attacked Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, saying it seems the Congress leader does not want the civil society representatives to attend the drafting committee meetings for a strong Lokpal Bill.

“He (Sibal) is putting words in our mouth and it seems he wants us to say that we won’t be attending future meetings,” Kejriwal told reporters when asked about Sibal’s comments that it’s fine if they come or don’t come for the meetings.

“We won’t let you off so easily,” he warned.

The civil rights activists, headed by social activist Anna Hazare, had boycotted the Lokpal Bill drafting committee meeting on Monday to protest the post-midnight crackdown Saturday on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters.

“We had yesterday (Monday) written to (finance minister and committee co-chair) Pranab Mukherjee that we won’t be present at the meeting and also urged him to postpone the next meeting after June 10 as Anna Hazare cannot make it. So, it’s clear that we are going for the next meeting,” Kejriwal told reporters here.

Sibal had said that the government will prepare the legislation for introducing in parliament’s monsoon session despite their absence.

 

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