New Delhi: Dismissing the charges of orchestrating a ruckus in Rajya Sabha during the debate on Lokpal Bill, the Congress on Friday hit back at the main Opposition BJP saying that they were the ones who should be blamed for the murder of democracy.
While refusing to take the blame for voting not taking place yesterday in the Upper House, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is for the BJP to decide. They want to be seen as not obstructing and yet obstructing. They say they are all for the Lokpal. But it is clear that the BJP does not want a strong Lokpal. They have to clean and tell the nation - do you want a Lokpal or don’t you want a Lokpal.”
The senior Congress spokesperson said that it was impossible to pass the Lokpal bill with 187 amendments.
Continuously attacking the BJP, Singhvi maintained, “It is clear that they don’t want a Lokyayukta in the states. There is the example of Gujarat. Even if the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha it had to go to the Lok Sabha. So why were they doing a drama of saying that they wanted to wait in the House the whole night to pass the bill.”
Giving back to the BJP in their own words he said, “The BJP are the true murders of democracy. Every possible trick was used in the Lok Sabha to stop the Lokpal bill from passing. It was only because of the intent of the UPA that the law was passed in the Lower House. In the Rajya Sabha 187 amendments was collectively and cohesively brought in by the BJP and the Left to obstruct the bill.”
Singhvi made it clear that the Lokpal Bill was alive and will be brought in the next session of Parliament.
The Congress’ reaction was in response to BJP’s coming out hard at the Congress today. Not mincing its words the main Opposition reiterated that the ruling party ran away from voting in the Rajya Sabha because it did not have adequate numbers and were sure to lose. Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jailtley and Ravi Shankar Prasad held a joint press conference in the national capital.
As the blame game on the fiasco of voting and midnight drama on Lokpal Bill in the Upper House continues, one thing is sure – we have not heard the last word on it.