The vitriolic rebuttal of TMC leader and Union Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement regarding the Lokpal drives home message that there is a clear ideological dichotomy between the government and its chief ally. It seems unlikely that the Trinamool Congress as well as other political parties would give the thumbs up to some amendments in the Lokpal Bill. At this crucial juncture, the Congress-led UPA and Opposition should huddle together to reach consensus on the Lokpal legislation. Now, there is no point in passing the buck over the Lokpal fiasco in the House, as the nation has witnessed the nuts and bolts of midnight murder of democracy which was choreographed by holier-than-thou leaders in the Parliament. The number of amendments has doubled up in the Rajya Sabha that is a tell-tale sign of shallow approach of MPs and political parties. The TMC itself recommended nearly 3 dozen amendments for Lokpal in the Upper House. It is obvious that the Opposition and constituents of the UPA have put the government at wrong wickets in the Rajya Sabha.

Now, everyone has understood the real intention of all political parties in the context of making anti-graft legislation, while the rampant and deep rooted corruption is eroding the vitals of the country. They should stop blame game over the Lokpal logjam. It would be prudent if all political parties should bury the hatchets and take progressive step in New Year by ironing out all wrinkles of Lokpal Bill. It is equally significant that the nation wants strong Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in all states, lest the purpose of rooting out corruption would take a beating. Powerful and effective Lokpal is need of the hour and if it is not implemented, public anger would spill out. The Parliament is the temple of democracy that makes the destiny of a nation. Now, it hinges on the House if it pitches for effective anti-graft legislation to push India for joining the club if elites.