CPI(M) flays Trinamool for Lokpal fiasco in RS

The CPI(M) on Monday said Trinamool Congress was part of the Union government`s "orchestration" that led to the Lokpal fiasco in the Rajya Sabha.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2012, 15:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI(M), which has accused the
UPA government of "subterfuge and sabotage" in not allowing
voting on Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, on Monday said Trinamool
Congress was part of the "orchestration" that helped the
government.

"They (Trinamool) have been running with the hare and
hunting with the hounds. They should have opposed it in the
Union Cabinet of which they are a part.

They should have opposed it in Lok Sabha. Not having done that, they connived
with others to ensure that the Bill is sabotaged," senior
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said here.

So what happened in the Rajya Sabha, where the crucial
legislation could not be passed and the House adjourned on the
midnight of January 29-30, "was to help the government not to
pass the Bill," Yechury said, adding that "chaos" was created
in an "orchestrated" manner to stall its passage.

"The UPA government is squarely responsible for this and
Trinamool was part of this orchestration. It is most
unfortunate that this sort of subterfuge and sabotage has been
carried out when the people are looking up to Parliament"
for an effective anti-graft bill," he said.

Asked about Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee rapping her
party`s MPs in Lok Sabha, Yechury asked, "Why didn`t she scold
them first when the Cabinet met on the issue? She has a
Minister in the Cabinet. ... They seemed to have suddenly
remembered all these issues in Rajya Sabha."

PTI