Thankfully to a disturbingly growing wisdom tooth I was pinned to my couch on 22nd and got to see the debate. I never imagined to my cleverest imagination that this would be so great. Thanks a ton my very painful and upsetting wisdom tooth!!!
There are many things this loksabaha session in general and motion in particular will be remembered for...
1. N Deal which practically every opposition(but left!!!) forgot to emphasise upon!!! Duh Huh...
2. Cash for Votes: Remember the fight wherin leaders went into a fist fight. That day felt as if the lowest for Indian Democracy...Untill July 22nd 08 happened. Three political protitutes walking in with wads of money and flaunting it...accusing people of handing it to them!!! Gimme a break...1 crore for abstaining. A vote that could decide the future of whose on the gaddi and whose not....and just 1 crore. Firstly since when have our politicians been attracted to small sums like 1 crore!!!
3. Young Blood: Truly...this is what I will remember this 22nd july for. Young leaders who have had the balls to speak out...not just to make noise but with great articulate thought behind every single word. Hats off to you guys.....there are a few who remarkably stood out and I would like to list them
“Today, the Left is telling me that all secular parties should stand with the BJP to bring down this government. The same Left treated me like a political untouchable when I was with the NDA.”
“I am not a member of the UPA and don’t aspire to be one. I made a mistake to be with the NDA, especially after Gujarat riots happened. My conscience had asked me to quit NDA but I didn’t. My conscience has still not forgiven me,”
With such vigour and passion he spoke that it stirred the entire house. He was crisp, to the point and extremely charged up. I always always always loved him. But now I also respect him for the eloquence and charm and oratory skills. There a very few who can hold a crowd by just speaking and he sure is one...I would love to see him as one of the front runners of future India.
“I am very well aware of the Left’s hatred against the minorities. While there are about 28 percent Muslims in the West Bengal, why is it that their representation is merely 2 per cent? This is not the way to claim supporting the minorities. If you want to support the BJP, then go ahead. But I am very clear, if Advani becomes the Prime Minister who will suffer? I will suffer a loss. I have already suffered the loss of the Babri masjid,”
I have never even heard of this guy. I was surely shocked by the guts and galore he put behind his speech. His idea was simple. N Deal or No Deal. This confidence motion is turning into a make-hay-while-sun-shines by opportunists...and he did not want to be a part of it. He made his stand as a Muslim as a minoroty clear. He did not want BJP or Left in power....simple and crystal clear! Looking forward to more of him and his guts. Truely great...
A woman speaker who could give Sushma Swaraj and Renu Chowdhary combined a run for their money. She started out at a time when the BJPians were at their vulnerable best and knew they would fall and fall big. So were creating a lot of commotion.
She said I am the first woman to speak in this debate and I demand a little respect from you all. And she got it!!!
She was fiery and passionate. Single handedly she was slaying the BJP and the Akali's.
She clearly made the Akali members put to shame and disgust by questioning their releigious sanctity. She flayed them for asking PM Manmohan Singh what he had done for Punjab. "Sikhs are ready to fight and die for the country and never demand anything in return."
Certainly a woman of substance and courage too.....
Rahul Gandhi I believe he was the most awaited speaker for the day. But....hmmmm was kinda let down for me atleast. Or is it because we are expecting a lot from him. After all he's what 30 something...I feel the pic above says it all.
But then again his speech was emotional, but lacked passion. Passion and drive are quite a far cry for him currently. Untill then we will have to live with a memorised-every-line Rahul!
He is clearly preparing to be a future PM, and everybody around him considers him as a prodigy. He still has a lot to prove. But I feel that he would choose a right blend of people in his cabinet and that would infact take the country forward.
Plainly Omar stole the show for him....but I clearly liked the way he kept his cool when opposition was hunting him down with their running commentry.
Chidambaram and Lalu were at their best in their own way. While the FM stuck to statistics and facts that nobody could deny, his funny counterpart aimed sling shots at every enemy in sight and that too with panache. Great going Laluji....