There will be no session of the Lok Sabha now, because the last session of the Lok Sabha ended, and now everybody has got occupied in preparations for elections for the new Lok Sabha, that is, the general elections of 2014. An ordinary person cannot comment on this supreme Lok Sabha, because if we do make a comment then it will be deemed that we are indulging in contempt of the Lok Sabha, even though it is this Lok Sabha which has set a record of scams being highlighted and which did not investigate any scam. It is not only the Government which was involved in this offence or crime, the entire Lok Sabha was involved in this offence or crime, every party sitting in the Lok Sabha was involved in this offence or crime.
If a list is made of economic offenses, economic scams, then almost every second week became a witness to a scam revelation. And Parliament just did not take cognisance of many other scams. Parliament just couldn’t think about people’s questions. In its entire five years, no attention was paid to the blood cancers of inflation, unemployment and corruption. They must have been special days like festivals when these must have been mentioned in this Parliament. Obviously, these are subjects which perhaps must have been creating problems for MPs, which is why there wasn’t even any discussion on them. Because of uproars this Parliament remained engaged in setting a record for doing no work. The ruling party and the opposition would come to an agreement that they would not allow Parliament to function. In this, the mixed interest of the ruling party and the opposition could be fulfilled. This Parliament was also a den for killing the expectations of the people.
If it is not considered contempt of Parliament, we would like to say that this Parliament ended all limits of political decorum. This Parliament showed the country in the true sense of the word such visuals on seeing which people in the entire country felt ashamed. The members representing them fought in Parliament, they abused each other, beat each other, jostled and pushed each other and let loose fisticuffs and the culmination came when an MP sprayed pepper spray in the House. One MP took out a knife and made it known that that MPs too can indulge in activities like anti-social elements. If you can take a knife into Parliament, tomorrow you can take a revolver or a bomb too into Parliament and can in a criminal manner take Parliament hostage. Perhaps this Parliament made a basis for snatching away the right under which its members could not be searched. It is probable that now onwards if a member enters Parliament, he or she may be searched and frisked.
It is this Lok Sabha which has set a record of scams being highlighted and which did not investigate any scam. It was not only the Government which was involved in this offence or crime, the entire Lok Sabha was involved in this offence or crime, every party sitting in the Lok Sabha was involved in this offence or crime… If a list is made of economic offenses, economic scams, then almost every second week became a witness to a scam revelation. And Parliament just did not take cognisance of many other scams.
An MP is eligible to become even the Prime Minister, therefore, no MP is searched or frisked. Even though some MPs get very annoyed if they are frisked or searched by mistake during a security check at an airport, but after the shameful scenes which people saw taking place in Parliament, it is possible that now perhaps every MP will be searched and frisked. When political parties will give tickets to criminals, then such scenes will be seen as a matter of course in Parliament, though in both the recent incidents in Parliament the gentlemen involved were crorepati MPs. This means that money does not change the tendency or character of crime.
The question is only this : that this Parliament allowed the country’s money to be looted with open eyes, while wide awake. The biggest scam that took place was the coal scam, in which an assessment of Rs 26 lakh crore rupees was made by a Parliamentary Committee itself. The CAG pegged this scam at 1 lakh, 76 thousand crores, which Chauthi Duniya challenged, because we were the first to publish the coal scam in our paper. Parliament did not give any reply to our challenge or our report.
In fact, Parliament did not give any reply to any questions related to corruption anywhere, and the political mockery is that the Vice President of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, was seen rolling up his sleeves as he promised to fight against corruption. He did not say a single word about big scams. By big scams I mean the 2G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games scam and the coal scam. These are just some names of money being looted beyond imagination. Rahul Gandhi was seen speaking on these ‘awards’ or ‘badges’ of corruption as if it was some other Government that had indulged in these scams, and which was not investigating these scams.
On the other side the Bharatiya Janata Party was seen avoiding any debate. The Bharatiya Janata Party did not fulfill its role of opposition in a proper manner. It did not debate any question inside Parliament nor did it awaken, outside Parliament, the people on the streets. It chose a few days in a year and on those days, held demonstrations against corruption, against inflation, against unemployment, some big leaders gave speeches before the crowds and the Bharatiya Janata Party had completed its duty. Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister, the BJP decided that on its own, and even began making claims about it. Precisely the same kind of claims had been made about Shri Advani in 2004 after Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji, but nurturing hopes is one thing and believing that the people of the country are devoid of intelligence is another thing.
Narendra Modi makes promises to the people of the country, all present and all seeing, of coming to power and galloping on the path of development, but what development, which economic policies? Because Arun Jaitley clarified this absolutely and proved true Narendra Modi’s the words that the economic policies will remain the same. Because the Congress did not follow them properly, he will follow them properly. The Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and now Arvind Kejriwal can be seen to be fully nurturing an open market system and neo-liberal economic policies, through which food from the platter of the poor of this country has been snatched, employment from their hands and honesty from their lives has been snatched.
In Parliament, the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party appeared to lack energy, perhaps because outside Parliament Narendra Modi’s advance towards Delhi was no less than a bad dream for them. It always happens that questions go far away, there are no answers anywhere, and somewhere in between there are gimmicks and the ordinary people in this country become stranded, entangled in these gimmicks. Under pressure from the people this Parliament made a promise to the country and did not fulfill that promise until Anna Hazare staked his life again. The Lokpal Bill was passed, but this Parliament could not implement the Lokpal law during its tenure. Perhaps the law will be implemented by the next Parliament, that is, after the general elections. The country will still have to pass through distressing byways.
This Parliament was disrespectful to and affronted democracy, ended the trust in democracy and told those people who love this country that the fight which Gandhiji had begun has not yet ended. The struggle to give real freedom to the country will continue. Generations were sacrificed, perhaps generations will be sacrificed.