New Delhi: BJP leader Yaswhant Sinha on Tuesday
took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s Lokpal Bill
debate speech in Lok Sabha, calling it a "farewell speech".
Sinha`s observation during the debate on the Lokpal
Bill in the Lower House was countered a few hours later by
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who sarcastically told
opposition BJP not to be impatient for power.
Sinha during the course of his speech referred to Prime
Minister`s intervention and said he had listed various
achievements of his government as if it was his "farewell
Replying to the debate, Mukherjee, Leader of the House,
strongly defended the Prime Minister and took a jibe at Sinha,
a former Finance Minister.
"I am sorry I did not expect it from Mr Yashwant Sinha
that he will say it is a farewell speech.
Why are you in a hurry to come the Treasury Benches Mr
Sinha? Why don`t you wait for another two-and-a-half years
more or two years and four months to occupy these (ruling)
benches, " Mukherjee said. The present term of the Lok Sabha
ends in mid-2014.
The exchange of barbs spilled over even after the
conclusion of Pranab`s spirited reply.
Sinha got up and sought to justify why he had
described the Prime Minister`s speech as a farewell speech.
He claimed that the buzz in the Central Hall of
Parliament was that the Prime Minister was on his way out and
that Pranab will be stepping into his shoes.
Pranab did not allow the matter to rest there and
asked Sinha "Of all persons me".