The differences which have cropped among the members of the joint committee drafting the Lokpal Bill put a question over the intentions of the Centre over the issue. The assertion of the government representatives on the Lokpal panel that the office of Prime Minister, senior bureaucrats and the conduct of the MPs in the Parliament kept out of the ambit of the Lokpal signifies that the government is either cheating the country or making it an object of mockery. It should be noted that the logic propounded for keeping the judiciary out of Lokpal’s purview is that a Judicial Accountability Bill is being enacted for this purpose.  It is also a fact that assurances regarding this Bill was given during the last tenure of the UPA government. However, the chances for clearance of the Bill at present are equally dim as it was proposed by the UPA government two years back. If the Centre wishes to bring only a handful of junior level officials under the ambit of Lokpal albeit giving autonomy to the CBI, it will be better if the government stops giving fake assurances to the country regarding formation of an effective anti-corruption ombudsman. An impotent office of Lokpal will have no value. It is the same government which had tried to convince the nation during Anna Hazare’s movement that it was committed to constitute a competent Lokpal to fight the menace of corruption. The moot question is why did the commitment of the government vanish? Did it happen because the government was never serious at first place?

It is now suspected that the Central government’s decision to form the joint committee to draft Lokpal Bill was just eyewash to weaken Anna Hazare’s movement and to distract the attention of people from the issue of corruption. The government’s decision to seek opinion of political parties and the state governments whether the office of Prime Minister, higher judiciary and the conduct of the MPs in the Parliament kept out of Lokpal purview is an example of low-grade politics on the part of the government. The question is why such opinion was not sought earlier? It may be a subject of debate whether the Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India are brought under Lokpal’s ambit, but it is questionable why other judges, MPs and top bureaucrats should not come under its jurisdiction. In this context, while the government’s tall claims of fighting corruption fall flat on its face as its stand on the issue of black money is not forthcoming. With Baba Ramdev’s movement over black money gaining momentum and date of his Satyagraha approaching closer, the government is busy portraying its seriousness over the issue. The efforts to convince the yoga guru not to start his Satyagraha can be described as nothing else than another ploy of the Central government in this regard. In the face of government’s attitude it becomes pertinent that Baba Ramdev continues his agitation and the entire nation exhibits similar solidarity as shown during Anna Hazare’s movement.