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IE reports a statement by a Congress party spokesman:

“Whatever has happened at Jantar Mantar is premature and they should have waited for the final shape of Lokpal Bill which would be passed by Parliament. Laws cannot be made at Jantar Mantar. I have no hesitation in saying that Annaji is insulting Parliament,” [Rashid] Alvi said. “It is the constitutional right of Annaji to sit on protest, but the manner in which he is trying to target Rahulji and Soniaji makes it clear that he only wants to indulge in politics,” he said.

First Kapil Sibal, and now Rashid Alvi. The Congress is full of people who want to tell you what you should say and think. Not very different from BJP in its day.

According to this report from NDTV, the opposition is playing its cards better, and managing to channel the debate in its favour:

As Parliament reconvenes today, it has a tough task at hand. On Sunday, Anna Hazare held a day-long token fast, as he described it, against the government’s intent to deliver a weak Lokpal Bill to combat corruption. And the Opposition parties rallied along with the social activist on stage and vowed to fight for a strong and effective Lokpal in Parliament.

But they also tried to make it clear to the activist and his team that they must be flexible on their demands. Each party thanked 74-year-old Anna for creating a nationwide movement against graft, but said he must now trust Opposition parties to do their job in Parliament by fighting for an effective Lokpal Bill. “Leave it to the wisdom of Parliament,” said Left leader AB Bardhan.

Only nine working days are left for the Winter Session of Parliament and Sharad Yadav of the JD(U) said if needed, this session should be extended or a special session be called for a thorough debate.

There were few fiery moments at Jantar Mantar yesterday. Leaders of Opposition parties stressed that though they agree on the need for a strident law, a debate on its provisions must be held in Parliament.

Point noted, said Anna when seeing off his guests. But he said in a short speech that while law-making is the prerogative of MPs, people are on stand-by to fill the streets and jails if they are “deceived with a weak Lokpak Bill.”

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 12, 2011 at 3:54 am

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