Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan SinghREUTERS

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for an all-party meeting to find a consensus over the contentious Lokpal Bill issue.

Stating that, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is committed to an effective Lokpal Bill, a tweet from the Prime Minister's office said, "Our government stands committed to an effective Lokpal legislation."

The tweet said, "We look forward to benefiting from the wisdom and guidance of all leaders present here in the task that we have set for ourselves."

Earlier, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare threatened to launch a fast in New Delhi demanding the Bill should be passed and the amendments should be made to strengthen the bill.

Stating that Team Anna is looking forward to the all-party meeting for a stronger anti-corruption bill, Anna's aide Manish Sisodia said that if the Prime Minister was really serious about the it, he should withdraw the bill from the Rajya Sabha and amend it.

"But considering the attitude of the government, they don't seem really keen to counter corruption. So they are simply doing some formality in the name of all-party meeting," Sisodia was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the UPA government for not serious about the Lokpal Bill.

"They want to make a sarkari Lokpal which is not a good attitude. If the government responds positively to our demands for amendment in the Bill, it will move forward otherwise it will remain stuck," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar told NDTV.

"We want the Lokpal Bill passed, but it's the Congress which is ensuring that the Lokpal doesn't see the light of the day because there are no real intentions to fight corruption on their part," he added.