The ambiguous policies and ideologies of the UPA on the Lokpal Bill have more than often left the ruling alliance in a catch-22 situation. Grasping for breath on the somber issue, the Centre has yet again showcased its off-the-cuff preparations by initially opening the doors for negotiations with the Civil Society members, and thereafter turning silent on the issue. While the entire nation has been galvanized by the crusade of Anna Hazare against corruption, the vague policies of the Centre have proved a highly distasteful impact. Is the UPA afraid to face the nation? If it is a planned measure on part of the ruling alliance, there can be no worse theory to follow on the smoldering issue. With Anna’s call lakhs of people hit the streets in Delhi, further public anger is nearing the crescendo in other parts of the country. Under the present situation which is alarming to say the least, dialogue between the Government and the Civil Society is the only solution. However, rather than moving ahead with the negotiations, the Government appears to have gone stagnant. Possibly, this is the sole reason for the Civil Society members to remain affirm on their stand. The UPA has displayed its indifferent and insensitive approach by making futile efforts to downsize the Civil Society with criticisim on the organization and anti-corruption movement. By adopting this approach, the Government has sent message to the people about its inactiveness on anti-corruption measures, but somewhere down the line the Centre is also aggravating the masses who are up in arms against the feeble draft of Lokpal. Only the almighty can prove to be the saviour for the Government, if it believes of finding an easy way out by remaining inactive or hiding under the cover of the Parliament.

After the recent outbreak of riots in London, the British Prime Minister did not waste a moment to call for a special session of the Parliament. Whereas, in a sharp contrast, efforts are here being made to avoid a discussion in the ongoing session of the Parliament and that too on an issue which has metamorphosed into the most debated topic of the country. Without a second thought, the demand to approve the Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30 seems irrational, but simultaneously it is hard to understand why it is not being debated in the Parliament. Similarly, it will prove a tedious task to find a reason behind the delay in the withdrawal of the Government on version of the draft which has been rejected on different stages.  Is it not the responsibility of the Government and the Parliament to take steps while keeping public emotions in mind? At a time, when the UPA government has lost the moral authority and unable to face the people, it becomes the responsibility of the Opposition to guide the ruling alliance on the right path. Unfortunately, the Opposition too has turned its back towards responsibilities. The Opposition is busy trying to derive the maximum benefits from the circumstances which have evolved out of Anna Hazare’s protest, thought it is reluctant to offer their contribution to checkmate corruption. If there is a further deterioration in the situation, not only the ruling alliance but even the Opposition will have to face the repercussions of public anger. As the Centre has denied following its duties, the responsibility on Civil Society members has increased manifold. The Civil Society will have to ensure that its campaign for Jan Lokpal remains abstenious and peaceful. It becomes even more important because the Government is eagerly waiting for any slight mistake which will provide it the long awaited opportunity to dismiss the Civil Society.