Lokpal debate: Lalu uses rustic wit to take potshots at Anna
Lalu Prasad was at his irrepressible best in the Lok Sabha today as he used his rustic wit and humour to send a message against rushing through the Lokpal Bill, taking potshots at Anna Hazare and his Team.delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2011 21:55 IST
Lalu Prasad was at his irrepressible best in the Lok Sabha on Thursday as he used his rustic wit and humour to send a message against rushing through the Lokpal Bill, taking potshots at Anna Hazare and his Team.
"Don't put the noose around your neck," the RJD chief appealed to the packed House, saying "Parliament cannot be run from the footpath. We are the lawmakers."
Prasad's poser was "how many friends of (Suresh) Kalmadi you want to make? If an ex-MP comes, he doesn't get place even in the bathroom," evoking laughter. He said the Lokpal would open a Pandora's box for the lawmakers themselves, both past and present.
In the midst of his hilarious remarks, he said "I was born in 1948. Mere aane se pahle hi angrez bhag gaye (even before I arrived, British fled)". This sent the House into peals of laughter.
Repeatedly saying that he was not against the Bill as was being projected, Prasad went out of the way to woo the media saying that it should be exempted from the ambit of the Lokpal, maintaining it was doing "nothing wrong but giving publicity" to politicians.
In this context, he said union minister Kapil Sibal's photographs were being well-published in the newspapers. Then he turned to another minister Pawan Kumar Bansal saying he has a file tucked in his armpit and feels like he is running the government.
Taking dig at the BJP and its leaders, the RJD chief said the opposition party should realise that Advani or Narendra Modi could become Prime Minister one day and the provision to include Prime Minister would affect them.
He also had a word of advice for the BJP saying it should "not suppress a good leader like Rajnath Singh".
Amid cries of 'shame, shame', Prasad said a retired police officer, two advocates and one social activists were dictating Parliament. "Three-four people cannot dictate Parliament. We are the lawmakers."
"They (Team Anna) are alleging that 184 thieves are sitting in Parliament. Parliament is being projected as traitor," he said.
"Do not become party to wrong-doings. History will not absolve you", he told the political parties in his 25-minute speech.
On Hazare's hunger-strike threat, Prasad said, "If someone goes on fast for the benefit of his health, what do we have to do with it?" He also advised Hazare, saying he should pay attention to his health.
Maintaining that the bill was "not a strong one" and was "worthless", he said it should be sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.