The conduct of the Congress party in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday gave ample evidence that they are not at all interested in the passage of a strong Lokpal bill which would have acted as a deterrent for those people who in the name of governance are out to loot the country and betray the confidence of the people.
Because of the coming Assembly elections in five states and to take credit for the passage of the bill, they were just trying to shove down the throat of the Indian public a bill which was totally incapable of doing what the original idea was supposed to do '“ STOP CORRUPTION.
Since the time the debate on corruption started because of the 2G scam, CWG scam etc and when Team Anna supported by the public joined the debate and demanded a strong lokpal bill, I had very serious doubts about the intent of the Congress party on this issue. I was hoping against hopes and kept my light of optimism on for this issue. I wrote several articles on corruption and lokpal and one of my articles was even titled Lost in Translation. My apprehension came true on Thursday when the Congress party in connivance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD destroyed the basic fabric of parliamentary democracy.
The passage of the Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday night was nothing else but a numbers game. UPA had enough votes to push the bill in the Lok Sabha which did not include the CBI, which was the biggest bone of contention between UPA on one side and Team Anna and opposition on the other. What should have been a consensus became a very partisan bill and what eventually tilted the scales in the Union government's favour was the numerical equation in the Lok Sabha where the UPA enjoys a majority. If the debate in the Lok Sabha through the day was any indication, the Opposition parties were clearly at odds with the Bill introduced by the government.
The UPA leadership and the floor managers of the Congress party had their own diabolical plans of the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha. They knew from the get go that Thursday was the last day of the session and they do not have the votes for the passage of the bill. They initiated the debate which went on for hours and when the opposition insisted for a vote, Rajniti Prasad, a Rajya Sabha member of Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD went to V Narayanswamy, Minister of State in the PMO, who was speaking on behalf of the government, snatched the papers of the bill from his hand and went to the well of the house and tore up the papers. This led to more confusion and pandemonium and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari abruptly adjourned the house sine die without a vote on the lokpal bill.
The Congress party thought that their game plan was very solid. They thought that the bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. If the bill passes in the Rajya Sabha, they would take the credit for the bill. If it does not, they would disrupt the proceedings and the house would be adjourned. Under no circumstances, they wanted a vote. They can now go out and say that the opposition did not cooperate. As far as the Congress party is concerned, their plan was well insulated from all sides and they were in a win-win situation. What they failed to incorporate in their diabolical plans was the factor of public perception. They forgot that the entire country was watching the drama in Rajya Sabha on live television. Their perception was based on what was happening right in front of their eyes and they could see that which party is on the right side of history.
It is a tragedy that the party which claims to be the inheritors of the legacy of Nehru has stooped to a level and indulges in such acts which is not only obscene to watch but also is tantamount to the killing of parliamentary democracy. Most of the present breed of Congress politicians come out to be more as political managers involved in political manipulation and political fixing rather than people in public life trying to do something for public good. The party explained the adjournment by saying that the parliament cannot go on after 12 midnight if it does not have the approval by the President of India.
This stand was vehemently refuted by constitutional scholars who said that this is not true at all. If the house is in session and the Chairman of the House feels that the majority of the members want the session to be continued, it can go on. A very prominent constitutional lawyer Shanti Bhushan said that it was clear that majority of members wanted to continue the proceedings of the House. They were even ready to sit through the night. The House is always run as per the sense of the House... I think he did the wrong thing," He was referring to Hamid Ansari's decision to adjourn the house. "President's nod is needed only for convening the session... The House was not prorogued and there was no problem in continuing the session...He did wrong which should not have been done," Bhushan said. "In everyone's life there come moments where one can rise above. This was one such last night for Chairman Rajya Sabha to create history. Alas!" Kiran Bedi tweeted.
It was even more ironical to see V Narayanswamy speaking on behalf of the government when two most senior leaders of the party Dr Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee were also present in the house. They probably thought that it would look very bad if Rajniti Prasad snatched the papers from either of them. The whole thing looked very well orchestrated and choreographed. It is impossible to fathom that Rajniti Prasad would even think of snatching the papers from the hands of a sitting minister without the tacit approval of his boss Lalu Prasad Yadav and who was probably instructed to do so by the Congress party.
It is sad to see such an honest Prime Minister presiding over such a corrupt government. When he was writing very nice letters to Anna Hazare, his own partymen were using obscene language against Anna Hazare. It seems that there is a competition among the members of the party to please Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. They act like Bandhua Mazdoor (bonded labourers) of the Gandhi family. Our first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru said in 1947 that 'At the stroke of midnight hour, when the entire world sleeps, India would awake to life and freedom'. His own partymen, after a gap of 64 years, perpetrated the biggest fraud on parliamentary democracy, when the house was forced to adjourn at the stroke of midnight. The timing was the same with one big difference. In 1947, India got independence from the British...In 2011, Indian democracy was raped by Indians.
Indian political system needs a reboot and our politicians, from all parties, have to regain the trust of the people. There is a significant amount of trust deficit and the politicians look weak, embarrassed and bruised - both politically and morally. We have to make sure that the entire world knows that ours is not only the largest democracy in size, it is also the largest functional democracy. The Congress party was against this bill from day one and it forces people to think that is "what Water is to Life, Corruption is to Congress?
May God bless our politicians with humility and intelligence and may God bless India !