New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Sunday expressed his consent to hold dialogues on the Lokpal (Parliament) issue with the Government which has opened a back channel with him through a top Maharashtra bureaucrat and a spiritual leader even as the Gandhian’s fast entered the sixth day.
According to the media reports, Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Umesh Chandra Sarangi, who visited Hazare on late Saturday night, had a second meeting with the social activist along with Indore-based spiritual leader Baiyujji Maharaj. The spiritual leader is known to several top politicians from Maharashtra.
Sarangi has a good rapport with Hazare having handled several such situations in Maharashtra under former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh when he had either gone on fast or threatened to do so. His meeting was described as “personal” by Team Anna which maintained “no compromise formula” was discussed.
A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the Government was open for discussion, 73-year-old Mr. Hazare said his campaign against corruption has not closed the door of dialogue with it to resolve the differences on Lokpal bill.