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All-party meeting on Lokpal bill on July 3

New Delhi: The government will convene a meeting of all political parties July 3 to discuss the draft anti-graft Lokpal bill, official sources said Wednesday.

At the meeting, the draft bill and notes on the disagreements expressed by the joint drafting committee’s two sides – the government and the civil society representatives – will be circulated, the sources added.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the chairman of the committee, is likely to preside over the meeting.|

A meeting of leaders of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) members Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, decided to hold discussions with all political parties on the bill.

Earlier Tuesday, the last meeting of the joint drafting committee – comprising five ministers and five representatives of the civil society – ended without a consensus on many matters, especially on whether the prime minister should be brought under the purview of the Lokpal.

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