After the failure to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Government and Congress slammed the Opposition on Friday for the midnight fiasco and blame game started between them.
Under attack over the way Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die abruptly amid high drama, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal claimed that the Government did not want the Lokpal Bill to become a “laughing stock”. Asserting that government will bring back the measure to establish an anti-corruption bill in the budget session, the minister said that the bill could not be passed on Thursday due to as many as 187 amendments proposed by various parties.
To BJP’s finger-pointing Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley stated it as ‘Fleedom at Midnight’ and charged the Government for playing to avoid voting and said there were only three major amendments sought by the BJP and the session could have been extended to allow voting on the Bill.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said efforts will be made to address the concerns of the Trinamool Congress before the Budget Session when the Bill will come up in the Upper House again. But BJP for this part blamed the government and said the entire episode was choreographed by the Congress.
Moreover, All party MPs will now meet President Pratibha Patil on 3rd January.