In an attempt to break Anna Hazare's fasting, the government is ready to withdraw the Lokpal bill that was introduced in Parliament on Aug. 4.
"Government will withdraw the bill only if Anna agrees to end his fast immediately, said the sources," the Hindustan Times reported.
The urgency to get Anna Hazare to break his nine-day fast was greater than passing a "good Lokpal Bill", Law Minister Salman Khurshid said on Wednesday.
"A good bill can come 10-15 days later but a fast cannot be broken 20 days later. So if we look at the priority of urgency, than the urgency that the fast must come to an end is far greater, more serious than the urgency to pass the bill," Khursid added.
"The all-party meeting is our sincere attempt to find a common position in Parliament. If there is no common position in Parliament, to at least try and work towards it," he said.
"We are not yet in any position to say that we have agreed to this or that... it is urgency and we want to address it. But the urgency to break the fast is not any less than the urgency to bring a good bill," he added.
"People from Ralegan Siddhi (Hazare's village in Maharashtra) came to meet me, the pressure has been building up. Anna Hazare's health is a major concern. But now we are on the right track," said Science and technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Ahead of the ongoing all party meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Race Course Road residence, the latest talk between the government and Team Anna was held between Khurshid and Hazare associates on Wednesday morning.