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We Are Not Even Muddling Through

THERE is a story going the rounds about the last no-confidence motion in Parliament. It is worth recording. The original move to launch such a motion took place when Indira Gandhi was in the throes of her preparation for the US visit. When she heard that it was a united Opposition move, she made it clear to the CPI(M) bigwigs that there would be no monies for Jyoti Basu in Bengal if his party had no confidence in her! Very soon, it is said, P Ramamurthy was moving around the leaderships of the Opposition parties suggesting that may be it would be better to take up the no-confidence motion at the end of the session. He was at his eloquent and Persuasive best. The lazy Opposition, far from being obsessive about Indira Gandhi as is alleged by Indira Gandhi herself, readily agreed. Soon after the vital funds were released to the West Bengal government. Jyoti Basu went one step further. He paid the Prime Minister several compliments, Well, on the last day of the monsoon session of Parliament, we had our taste of the no-confidence motion. It was a dreary and stupid affair and quite contrary to what the parliamentary correspondents tried to make out. Of course, such a description may be unfair. Our journalists have got into the habit of reporting the debate in Parliament as if it was some competitive slanging match. Nothing emerges, except repetitive accusations and counter-accusations, spiced with tid-bits of hitherto suppressed information.

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