It is on the expected lines to shelve the Lokpal Bill by the political parties.
Anna and Co are no better.
None seems to have the vaguest idea what exactly needs to be done excepting the desire that something needs to be done,like all of us.
Any proposal to bring in that is of serious implications needs to be thought out taking into account the fact that India is Federal set up,Coalition Governments are the order of the Day and there is a detailed procedure laid out in the constitution to effect drastic Bills.
While the Congress, like the other parties would not really like Bill to be passed as it would affect the profession of a Politician in the long run and the party’s coffer in the short run and the local parties who are its allies(now a days, I do not know which is a National Party), it still wanted to keep up the pretense of going through the motion of attempting to pass the Bill to ensure Political mileage in the forthcoming Elections in Five States,by blaming other parties for not enacting the Bill.
Some parties muddled the issue by bringing in Reservation concept in the Lokpal Bill.
Congress contributed its mite by riding roughshod on States Rights by ramming down the Bill on the States ‘throat.
In a coalition Government,the selection of Lokayukta becomes tricky as shown earlier in the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat.
Again Die-hard Communist baiters like Mamata Bannerjee would not like to accommodate Communists in West Bengal, as the AIADMK and DMK would not accommodate the other in Tamil Nadu in matters concerning the appointment of Lokayukta .
The correct procedure would have been to bring in a Constitutional amendment for establishment of Lokayukta by due process.
The Lokayukta Bill in its Current form would not last a Day in the Supreme Court.
Please read my blogs Lokayukta.
Rabble rousing part-time Hunger strike jokers must be ignored in the passing of the Bill as they are not willing to see the Reality and are being churlish and childish.
“ BJP squarely blamed the Lokpal fiasco in the Rajya Sabha on PM Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as the party on Friday launched a bitter assault on the government accusing it of perpetrating the biggest fraud at the stroke of midnight.
“If it was freedom at midnight on August 15, 1947, it was ‘flee-dom’ at midnight yesterday,” said leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, adding that a government that ran away from voting had no political or moral right to stay in power.
“The Prime Minister must now live with one more moral stigma. He won the 2008 vote of confidence through bribery,” said a statement by the party, as it officially demanded PM’s resignation.
Countering the government’s allegation that BJP rather than Congress is responsible for sabotaging the bill by introducing 187 amendments, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that while BJP’s position remained the same as it was in LS, it was government’s ally Trinamool Congressthat radically changed its stand.
Stung by BJP’s “obstructive tactics” on the Lokpal issue and attempts to target the Prime Minister, Congress today hit back at the opposition party saying the “assassin” is trying to accuse the victim of murdering democracy.
Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said BJP was “true murderer of democracy” as regards yesterday’s developments on the Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha were concerned. He told reporters that the BJP was “too clever by half” by trying to obstruct the legislation on the anti-corruption ombudsman by pretending to put conditionalities. Alleging that the BJP doesn’t want a strong anti- corruption law, he said this was clear from the fact that in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh there are “extremely weak” Lokayuktas and while there is no Lokayukta for six months in Karnataka and for several years in Gujarat.”
The Lokpal Bill might have power concentrated on a single institution which is not healthy for a Democracy.
Lokpal shall have powers to direct the Judiciary .
This will compromise the independence of Judiciary.
Even if this proposal were to be accepted, many Constitutional amendments have to be made..
These points have to be taken note of.
- Lokpal Bill (thehindu.com)