Government keen to end dispute with Hazare: Sibal

New Delhi, June 18: The government is keen to resolve its differences with Gandhian activist Anna Hazare over the proposed Lokpal bill, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Saturday.

The minister also told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN that only one draft of the bill would be submitted to the cabinet.

‘We will try and resolve the disagreements as much as much as possible,’ Sibal said, when asked about differences between the government and Team Hazare on the provisions of the Lokpal bill.

After talks between the two sides here broke down Wednesday, Hazare told the media that the government proposed to submit two drafts of the bill to the cabinet — one of the government and the other from Hazare.

Sibal, one of the five ministers in the 10-member panel set up by the government to frame the Lokpal bill, said this was not true.

‘There will be no two drafts, though there may be areas of disagreement,’ he said.

While giving a single draft to the cabinet, Sibal said differences between the two sides would be brought to the cabinet’s notice.

The government has pledged to prepare the bill by June 30.

Asked about Hazare’s threat to fast from Aug 16 if the Lokpal bill was not passed by then, Sibal said: ‘I do not want to comment. It is not for me to comment on what Haraze (ought) to do.’

IANS