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Arun Jaitley says Government has lost right to remain in power

December 30, 2011 - New Delhi

Lashing out at the Central Government for not being able to pass the Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said it had lost the right to remain in power with this failure.

This government has been thoroughly exposed before the people, it has conspired in a manner so as to avoid a vote, it has no right to govern this country even for a day. This government has lost its political authority, it has lost its moral authority," said Jaitley.

He further added that the government never wanted the Bill to get passed in the first place and had conspired its delay until midnight.

"This was a choreographed action. Since yesterday their speakers were filibustering, they put up a minister to give a reply, his reply could not be understood by any member of the house but he had also decided to go on till the cows come home. And the target was to reach the midnight and say the house was only till the 29th," added Jaitley.

Meanwhile, terming the event as the most shameful day in the history of Parliament,BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked the government to quit.

"This government has betrayed the country and parliament; this is premeditated conspiracy to shield corrupt people. It is also the most shameful and dark day for Indian Parliament," said Naqvi.

Echoing on the same lines, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said: "The Congress Party has cheated the country. They have run away from the battlefield for which they will have to pay a price. They don't want to fight corruption and this has ended their moral authority to continue in power."he bill, which was passed by the Lok on Wednesday was taken up for a discussion and vote in Rajya Sabha . But after a marathon debate that stretched until midnight, the vote failed to take place for lack of time.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late night amid uproar created by several MPs, without voting on the bill.

The anti-graft legislation for which social activist Anna Hazare and his team have fomented a successful mass movement may now be taken up in the budget session of parliament, probably in March.


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