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Row won’t affect Lokpal Bill drafting: Pranab

 NEW DELHI, April 22 – Government today said controversies involving some civil society members of the joint committee for drafting the Lokpal Bill would not affect its working and will work with the members to prepare a “strong and sound” anti-corruption legislation, reports PTI.

After a meeting of Congress’ Core Group headed by Sonia Gandhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by her side, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said controversies “won’t affect” the working of Lokpal Bill drafting panel.

“Controversies have been raised about members of the joint committee on the Lokpal Bill. I would like to make it clear that the view of the government as also the view of party, the Congress, the working of Lokpal Bill drafting panel won’t be affected by these controversies.

“Goverment members of the committee look forward to working with Anna Hazare and his colleagues on the committee and to draft a strong and sound Lokpal Bill to fight corruption,” he said.

Mukherjee’s remarks came after a 90-minute meeting of the Core Group that discussed the issues threadbare.

Hazare had written a letter to Gandhi earlier this week alleging a smear campaign by some Congress leaders and sought to know whether the exercise had her sanction. Replying to it, Gandhi had said her party did not support any kind of smear campaign and was committed to rooting out corruption.

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