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Prime Minister Lalu dismisses UPA govt

india Updated: Aug 21, 2010 01:32 IST
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If in jest lies a serious undertone, then the Congress won't want to be at the butt of this joke.

The first thing Lalu Prasad, 'elected' Prime Minister for an hour in the well of the House, did was to dismiss Manmohan Singh and his government.

In an event unprecedented in the House, 75 protesting MPs ran their own mock Parliament after Lok Sabha was adjourned following disruptions. Even in this pretend Parliament, under all the fun and games, there were subtle shades of unrealised political ambition.

The PM's post wasn't held just by Lalu, a second PM was also elected — the other half of the Yadav brotherhood — Mulayam Singh.

BJP leader Gopinath Munde was made the speaker — junior party colleague Kirti Azad leader of opposition. That post in the real Parliament is held by Sushma Swaraj.

The mock Parliament also rejected the Bills passed earlier in the day by the UPA government.

"We dismissed the UPA government because it was undemocratic and anti-people. I was elected Prime Minister for today. I heard the views of the 'House' and the people's government decided to reject outright the bills cleared today," Prasad said.

Speaker Meira Kumar though thought the mock Parliament was mocking the House, and said Parliament should be treated with utmost reverence.

But Lalu being Lalu, he and fellow MPs have plan-ned another mock session.