Eavesdropper

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Dec 31 2011, 06:10am hrs
It was all planned

Opposition leaders said that they realised something was afoot that the government would not allow voting on the Lokpal Bill on December 29 when the minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy stood up to reply to the debate rather than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as they did in the Lok Sabha. They had already decided that Rajniti Prasad (RJD MP) would snatch and tear the Bill copies, and they did not want the PM or FM to be embarrassed, said leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. Her colleague in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, added that he felt rather sad for Narayanasamy. He had a sore throat, and he was still forced to reply, he added.

Sadda haq!

Members of Team Anna, disappointed by a low turnout at the MMRDA grounds in Mumbai for the third edition of Anna Hazares fast this year, were heartened when the government adjourned the Rajya Sabha sine die without allowing voting on the Lokpal Bill. Kumar Vishwas, a member of Team Anna, said, Till midnight we were convinced that we would have to reconcile to this half baked Lokpal Bill. After last night the movement is on again.