The failure to conduct a debate in the Parliament on the three conditions put forth by Gandhian Anna Hazare for a strong Lokpal Bill has proved that the Opposition, toeing on the lines of the ruling party, is trying to alienate itself from the main issue and is busy fulfilling its narrow political interests. The Central government gave inklings of its readiness to discuss Anna Hazare’s three conditions in the House. But when the time for the discussion came, Rahul Gandhi instead gave a speech on the matter. The country’s astonishment at his way of opting to break silence on Anna Hazare movement and the Lokpal is but natural. In his charged written speech, he rightly remarked that the Lokpal alone cannot contain the menace of corruption and other effective mechanisms should be put in place to arrest the rising graph of graft. His suggestion of making Lokpal answerable to the Parliament like the Election Commission is praiseworthy. Similarly, his saying that democratic process should not be weakened is also correct. But in context to the wise suggestions put forward by Rahul Gandhi, the important question likely to arise is, where was he all this time? What took him so long to express his views? Why was he unable to apprise his government of the suggestions related to the Lokpal? Was he not aware that his government was going to prepare the Lokpal Bill and table it in this session of the Parliament?

After his statement in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi termed his views to have turned the tables, but he should realise that along with turning the tables, he has also derailed the crusade spearheaded by Anna Hazare. The dismissal of the Jan Lokpal by Rahul Gandhi, on a thank you note to Anna and tabling numerous suggestions to arrest corruption, is nothing but a part of a lengthy process. It is lamentable that he was unable to chalk out an effective solution to the main problem troubling the government and the Parliament. This has fuelled the public’s distrust towards the political leadership. When this government has shown total lack of capability to formulate a law, then it is doubtful that it will succeed in setting up a Lokpal entity suggested by Rahul Gandhi by bringing amendments in the Constitution. The commotion created by the Opposition in the Parliament, after Rahul Gandhi’s speech, over the discussion of Anna Hazare’s points on Lokpal clearly proves that it is in no mood to let the Centre lap up the credit of initiating discussion on the Lokpal. The half cooked-half ready proposal of the ruling party in the House raises apprehension on its motive. Now that the anti-people and distorted form of politics has come to the fore, it would be apt for Anna Hazare to give up his fast. Anyways, it is not expected from him to adopt a stubborn attitude to get his demands met. Other than this, the fact cannot be overlooked that he is also struggling to get the movement going, and should have realised that common people have recognised the true face of Indian politics.