Saturday, December 31, 2011
A Pathetic Lok Pal Bll
By TN Raman
A great Lok Pal Bill. Every one of our intelligentsia had something to say about it. Some of the words of wisdom from various commentators including the politicians are given below as samples:-
"This Bill is against the constitution of our Country"
"The Prime Minister should not be included under the Lok Pal Act" – Jayalalitha.
"CBI should be under the Lok Pal" - majority of the Political Parties.
"Such a Lok Pal will become one more Power Centre to be dealt with"
"Lok Ayukta should not be included in the Lok Pal Bill"- TMC, DMK and AIADMK.
"All Govt Servants should be included" BJP and Left Parties.
"Only the Class A & B Govt Servants should come under Lok Pal" BSP, RJD and some other parties.
"This is a strong Lok Pal Bill, stronger than what Anna Hazare demanded"- Congress
"This Lok Pal Bill has no teeth, therefore, it is immaterial whether it is passed or not. It can never tackle corruption" - BJP, CPM and many more.
"There is no requirement of such a Bill at all" majority of the commentators after the Rajya Saba episode.
The irony of the situation was that even some of the Congress men were found thumping their desks, when Ram Jeetmalani made his speech, till the time they heard the mention of Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors.
But, one aspect on which the Team Anna could not comment was the inclusion of the reservation class in the Bill for Backward Class and Minorities. Though the BJP and some right wing parties opposed this clause as anti Constitutional, it found support with all other political parties including the Communists. Team Anna brought in its Political acumen to remain silent on this issue, because, any opposition to this clause would have branded them as non secularists.
The Ruling Congress party had already announced the reservation of 4.5 per cent out of the 27 per cent meant for the Backward classes to the minority community, which was surely aimed at the forthcoming UP Elections. This was confirmed indirectly by a Union Minister who gloated by saying that, "with this provision, the wind has been taken off the sails of Mulayam Singh".
In fact, it was evident that Mulayam Singh had been caught in a bind. To rectify the situation, he put in his bid for more allocation to the Minority community than the present 4.5 per cent.
Only, the BJP had the guts to oppose this amendment which was passed in the Lok Saba. All other parties kept quite to safe guard their credentials as secularists, in the eyes of the Public and specifically in the eyes of the Minorites.
Whether this amendment has constitutional validity or not, the Congress is not bothered now. The Party believes that it will have the Voters Validity, in the forthcoming elections.
With all this happening, the Lok Pal is left in lurch. Pathetic Lok Pal !!
This topic aside, there were some interesting snides going on in "We Gunners" net. Kindly see below. I honestly appreciate the sense of humour in these exchanges, which is better than the "Sense of the House" proclaimed by Pranab da, in August this year!
"Team Anna has started Jail Bharo registration. I request all our Vetran supporters to kindly register. This time Anna may meet his match and you all will get an opportunity to be in indirect support him. This is how we can change India. Please do not back out. Regards, Thomas"
"Gentlemen In my part of the country people are grateful to Anna for starting Jail Bharo Program. Many people are registering their wives. Balkar Singh"
Regards and Best wishes,
Col Raman TN Sarma