The defeat of amendment Bills in the Lok Sabha to confer constitutional status on the Lokpal has provoked anger among leaders of the Congress party.
Many of them stated, quite candidly, that they did not have numbers in the Lok Sabha to get the constitutional amendments through. Yet, they chose to blame the opposition for not being cooperative.
In any parliamentary democracy, let alone one as competitive as India, the opposition always tries to stop legislation moved by the ruling party. Surely, it is naive on the part of seasoned leaders to claim that the opposition unhinged their best-laid plans.
The fact, visible to Indians of all political persuasion, was that the Congress party’s “floor management” in the Lok Sabha was woefully inept. Its own members of Parliament were missing during the crucial vote. Blaming the opposition for its debacle is a weak excuse.