Such tempest in Indian political landscape! Till other day, the government was stuck to its gun on the Lokpal Bill—not budge a bit. In a sense people being supreme entity in a democratic establishment, the surging wave of massive supporters to Jan Lokpal, which emerged out from Anna’s Andolan for effective anti-corruption law that has electrified the nation, has brought the UPA government to its knee. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh broke his silence by offering dialogue and discussions on the draft law as well as hinted that it might not be possible to meet Anna’s three-week deadline for passing the Bill because the parliamentary proceeding takes time. Fair enough, passing the law, that involves a lot of paraphernalia, may consume time, but common man has sinking feeling that the Manmohan government is committed to the powerful and effective Lokpal Bill. Had the Congress-led government shown its probity and agility for bringing strong anti-corruption law, it would not have come with toothless Lopal Bill, which has been jettisoned by everyone from people to Team Anna and the Opposition to a group of nine parties. Notably, this weak Lokpal Bill came when the Civil Society mounted pressure on the Centre, in a clear indication that the ruling dispensation was reluctant to bend in this regard. The nub of the matter is—if some points of Jan Lokpal Bill were worth adopting, why didn’t it happen earlier? Why did the government decide now to take a relook at Jan Lokpal Bill? The Central government extended the monsoon session and created such a situation that weak Lokpal Bill could not be passed in this session, which was deciphered as a well calibrated move to deceive Anna and the nation as well. The government’s intention were exposed with Anna’s arrest, which was billed to be a major gaffe of the ruling party that brought acerbic remarks from people cutting across caste, creed and political line. Given the handling and bungling of the Lokpal issue from the very beginning by the government, people doubt its intention regarding making strong Lokpal.

Although, the standing committee on the Lokpal Bill is mulling to take some points of Jan Lokpal Bill, it is crystal clear that some of the members of this committee have reservations regarding Anna’s movement and even found him “steeped in corruption from head to toe”. It is quite disappointing that the government, whose image is plummeting day by day, has not take a concrete step to steamroll the mushrooming corruption in the country. Understandably, it is not easy to pass Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30, but it also does not mean that the government should feign incapability. It is difficult to understand what’s the bottleneck in debating on Jan Lokpal Bill in the House? If there could be a debate on the bills of National Advisory Council, why not on Jan Lokpal? It would be wise for the government to drop stubborn posturing on Lokpal Bill and make effort to free the country from corruption and sleaze.