A day before the government plans to introduce lokpal bill in Parliament, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) voiced its opposition to the proposed legislation saying it will lead to "policing of MPs".
SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad made suo motto statements in Lok Sabha accusing the government of sidestepping their suggestions at the all party meeting.
"The government should tell us why our suggestions have not been accepted," Prasad.
Yadav, who first raised the issue, said the government was handing over the powers of the executive to the police under influence of one man (Anna Hazare).
Yadav asked the MPs to consider to whom the government was giving powers. "These powers will go to the police they will not respect us (MPs). Superintendents of police and district magistrates will send us to jail.”
Prasad went to the extent of suggesting that the Congress and BJP should not issue a whip to its MPs on the bill and allow the MPs to vote as per their conscious. "We will not remain silent to an attempt to kill democratic institutions," he said.
Linking the alleged manhandling of a BSP MP by Prime Minister's security personnel with what lokpal, Yadav said "this incident (of manhandling) has happened today. See what happens when Lokpal comes"
According to a report, SP spokesperson Mohan Singh has backed Hazare’s claim that the lokpal draft bill was an empty tin box and accused government of proposing a weak lokpal.