New Delhi: Stung by BJP’s “obstructive tactics” on the Lokpal issue and attempts to target the Prime Minister, Congress has hit back at the opposition party saying the “assassin” is trying to accuse the victim of murdering democracy.
Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said BJP was “true murderer of democracy” as regards recent developments on the Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha were concerned. He told reporters that the BJP was “too clever by half” by trying to obstruct the legislation on the anti-corruption ombudsman by pretending to put conditionalities. Alleging that the BJP doesn’t want a strong anti- corruption law, he said this was clear from the fact that in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh there are “extremely weak” Lokayuktas and while there is no Lokayukta for six months in Karnataka and for several years in Gujarat.
When told that the BJP was targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue, he remarked, “The assassin is trying to accuse the victim of murder of democracy.” “We can not prevent the BJP from doing negative politics. But it will get a fitting slap on the face in the near future,” Singhvi said adding that the Lokpal issue has shown “duplicitous face, hypocritical approach and double-forked tongue” of the BJP.
The Congress spokesman, who is also chairman of the Parliamentary Committee that went into the Lokpal Bill, also had a dig at Team Anna saying its members should use bifocal lenses so that they could see “some drawbacks and defects” of BJP than the “unifocal anti-Congress vision” they have at present.
In the meanwhile, BJP denies all charges. Vowing to “expose” the government on the Lokpal Bill issue, the BJP demanded that it should quit and hold fresh elections as it had “lost” majority in both Houses of Parliament. ”The government has lost a majority in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha… This government should quit and hold fresh elections,” BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, a day after the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the Lokpal Bill. BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “the BJP core group would be meeting later today to decide what it will do on the road (on the Lokpal issue). We will expose the government on the road and make the public aware in the wake of these developments. We will take up this Bill in the next session and expose the government there also.” Jaitley said, “The government has lost its political equilibrium. The balance of this government has also been disturbed.” Terming the events as unfortunate, Jaitley said, “This was an act of political suicide with respect to the government’s own credibility. ”A government which runs away from voting, has no political or moral right to stay in power.” Swaraj, on the other hand, said, “It is a defeat of an arrogant government… It should do some introspection… The government wants to dump the Bill.”