As Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal Bill, the race for taking the credit has begun.
As Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal Bill, festivities began in Ralegan Siddhi with Anna Hazare waving the Tricolour and his supporters singing patriotic songs.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, clarified her party’s stand on the Bill, declaring that her party is in support of a strong Lokpal. But taking advantage of the opportunity, she also attacked Congress-led UPA government, saying that there was a race for taking the credit for passage of Lokpal Bill. But the credit goes to none but Anna Hazare and people of this country.
Since, when did BJP started thinking about the people of the country? Oh, just two months back in wake of the 2014 general elections. The Lokayukta post in BJP ruled Gujarat state remained vacant for as much as a decade. Just a week back, Justice (retired) D.P. Buch took oath for the post.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi spoke in favour of Lokpal Bill and said that it is important to pass it with majority and not just this he also requested Speaker Meira Kumar to extend the Winter Session to make sure passage of other imperative bills.
Yes Rahul Baba it was important for ‘Congress’ to get the bill passed with majority, as before 2014 Lok Sabha elections your party needs something to brag about. And you are being given the credit for free, what more do you desire?
Samajwadi Party as usual staged a walked out, as it did in Rajya Sabha yesterday, with party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav voicing against Lokpal Bill and saying that it will create a culture of fear in the country as the bill would give the authority to a simple constable to question the Prime Minister and other leaders, voted by lakhs of people.
So, in short, Mr. Yadav is scared of losing power. Yadav’s stand can be presumed to have originated from corruption cases against him. Yadav and his family members have faced accusations of disproportionate assets. He was lately given a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was said to be a barter deal with the Congress.
Even on earlier occasions, Yadav has not been able to give a clear stand on Telangana and food security bill. And not to forget the women reservation bill, in 2010, Yadav had said that if the Women’s Reservation Bill is passed, Parliament will be filled with women who will invite catcalls and whistles. His stand on quota does not give any explanation as his own daughter-in-law, Dimple Yadav, is an MP from Kannauj.
Last but not the least comes the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan, while speaking to a television news channel disapproved of the Lokpal Bill, saying that the bill that has been passed will not be able to solve the purpose as it is not strong. According to him, all the political parties were forced to pass a Lokpal Bill in rush due to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party.
AAP has just one strategy – “Gaali bhi denge and credit bhi lenge”. But it’s high time for Kejriwal to realise that the carpet has been pulled from under his feet.