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We are supreme and you can't touch us, politicians tell Lokpal
The constitution created by parliamentarians put parliament supreme. Over the years the parliamentarians have given themselves privilege after privilege. Now when public wants them to create a Lokpal which would act as a watchdog over them, they howl touch me not.

OF ALL the hullaballoo the country saw in 2011 on the issue of Lokpal Bill, one thing became clear, parliamentarians are sacrosanct and no one would be able to even touch them. If it were not the members of parliament to be covered under the Lokpal, the Bill would have been passed.


Team Anna always feared that the members of parliament, who could be the first targets of the Lokpal, would themselves not vote to bring jurisdiction of Lokpal over them. They got somewhat pacified when parliamentarians expressed sense of the house in favor of the Lokpal Bill. The common man on the street became somewhat convinced that a strong Lokpal Bill was on its way. Nevertheless, everybody was skeptical of it becoming a reality too soon.


It was clear that street agitations could go only as far as making the government to present the Lokpal Bill in the parliament. Nobody could contest supremacy of the parliament and dictate terms to parliamentarians to pass the Bill. Some say it was easy throwing the British out, never to return, but difficult overturning the supremacy of parliamentarians, who are strongly grounded in India.  


As the parliament debate started, countrymen glued to their TV sets watching the proceedings. When members behind the treasury benches spoke, it appeared the Bill was going to be passed, come what may. When members from the opposition benches spoke, it appeared that Bill could never be passed. However, one message that came from both sides tore apart all the arguments either in favour or against the Bill. They said it was after much struggle and hard work that they had made it to the parliament and they could not fritter away their privileges to a Lokpal created by them. One member said they had to keep everyone in their constituencies pleased, an arduous task indeed, to make it to the parliament. Another member said few political workers get a chance in their lifetime to make it to the parliament. Yet another member pointed out how some parliamentarians lived from hand to mouth having dedicated all their life to the welfare of people. Yet another parliamentarian said if the Lokpal Bill was passed, a lowly placed police constable could lock them up. Some members questioned the very idea of parliamentarians being public servants to cover them under the Lokpal Bill. Some questioned the wisdom of continuing to treat them as public servants even after they fail to get elected again. When one member vehemently opposed the bill saying that he would never allow it to be passed the entire house enjoyed the rhetoric and applauded it. It was enough to show how the parliamentarians were going to treat the Lokpal Bill.


The queer point was how the parliamentarians were going to stall the Lokpal Bill without appearing to be too self-centered and critical. And the whole nation watched how cleverly they managed it. Not only did they get rid of it but also no one could blame any one of them.      



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