"I am a lawyer. I come from a family of lawyers. My father was a lawyer, and my daughter too is in the same profession," he says.
The bearded 63-year-old MP's six-year term as a Rajya Sabha member draws to a close in March next year. On the eve of his retirement from the House of Elders, Prasad, however, ensured that his name would be remembered for a long time, for all the wrong reasons. But he remains unrepentant, and vows that he'll do an encore if the government does not come forward with an improved version of the Lokpal bill.
"People have burned copies of the Ramayana and the Gita. I just tore a copy of the bill to express my opposition to the legislation. Anna Hazare too had gone public with his plans to tear the bill into pieces if it was passed by Parliament. There is nothing unparliamentary or unconstitutional in my decision," Prasad told ET.
As minister of state in PMO V Narayanasamy started replying to the debate on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill at around 11 pm on Thursday, Prasad, with some goading from his party colleague Ram Kripal Yadav, sauntered up to the Union minister, snatched the bill's copy from his hands and tore it into pieces before flinging them towards the centre of the well of the House.
The RJD MP, whose stint as a Rajya Sabha MP had gone largely unnoticed till now, and would have retired into history without being talked about, is now savouring every bit of the publicity that is coming his way. He denied that whatever he had done on the floor of the House was pre-planned and stage-managed, meant to give a lifeline to the government. "I don't know what this planning was all about. It's my personal act of omission and commission. I did it on the spur of the moment," Prasad said.
He rejected charges that he had decided to tear the bill's copy after consulting his party colleagues, or at the insistence of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was watching the proceedings from one of the galleries. "I was not even aware that Laluji was seated in one of the galleries. Let the people say what they want to. I don't care," Prasad remarked.
The RJD MP warned the government managers that he would go in for a repeat act if they dared to bring an unamended version of the bill in the next session. "If the government brings the same bill, I will take recourse to the same mode of protest. In fact, I will persuade other MPs too to follow suit," he said.
What prompted him to take such an extreme step? "I asked Narayanasamy, who was replying to the debate on Lokpal, what was the government doing on reservation for SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities and women. He refused to answer. I tore the bill," Prasad said, without a hint of remorse in his voice.
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3 Comments on this Story
Rajeev3353 days ago
What he has done is something unexpected and bad.
Prahari Mali3353 days ago
How these pigs could be said civilised? Only degree in Law/literature not sufficient to be civilised. It must be inherited. Their behaviour in Parliament are most ridiculous.
ramji3353 days ago
Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha MP's are degrading the Parliament by their rude/unruly behaviour,nobody expects everyone to agree with the proceedings in the chambers but uncivilised behaviour should not be tolerated & members found guilty should be punished to preserve the sanctity of the house otherwise we will end up with people throwing punch's in future.