New Delhi: Tensions ran high in the Lok Sabha on Thursday as Rajeev Ranjan Singh, the National President of Janata Dal United (JDU) and popularly known as Lalan Singh, launched a scathing verbal assault on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a heated discussion about the Delhi Service Bill. Singh’s fiery outburst led to an uproar in the Parliament, as he vehemently criticized the ruling party’s tactics and confidently predicted their political exit in 2024.
The normally composed Lalan Singh appeared visibly angered by what he referred to as the BJP’s attempts to undermine democratic norms. He openly berated BJP members, emphasizing that their days in power were numbered. In a striking moment, he passionately declared, “Sit down, your farewell is fixed in 2024.” The audacious proclamation reverberated through the chamber, underscoring the intensity of his emotions.
दिल्ली में लोकतांत्रिक बहुमत से चुनी हुई सरकार का गला घोंटकर पिछले दरवाज़े से दिल्ली राज्य वासियों पर शासन करने के उद्देश्य से केंद्र सरकार द्वारा संसद में लाया गया "दिल्ली अध्यादेश बिल – 2023" के विरोध में लोक सभा में अपना विचार व्यक्त करते हुए।#DelhiOrdinanceBill pic.twitter.com/wZvehy9nt5— Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh (@LalanSingh_1) August 3, 2023
The discussion centered around the “Delhi Ordinance Bill-2023,” a contentious piece of legislation presented by the Central Government. Singh strongly voiced his concerns that this bill aimed to circumvent the democratically elected government in Delhi and exert control over the region through indirect means. He argued that democracy thrives on the foundation of local governance and accused the ruling party of suppressing local laws in a bid to consolidate power.
Lalan Singh’s critique extended to Home Minister Amit Shah, who had introduced the bill. He challenged Shah’s assertion that the government’s role was not to evaluate the performance of the Delhi administration but rather leave it to the citizens. Singh questioned the government’s authority to make such determinations, demanding to know who granted them that power. He further highlighted the BJP’s limited success in Delhi’s electoral landscape and pointed out their loss in the Delhi Municipal Corporation elections.
Singh’s impassioned address also took a dig at the BJP’s handling of alliances and alliances. He quipped that the BJP had developed a “phobia of I.N.D.I.A,” alluding to their alleged obsession with the acronym, while simultaneously accusing them of neglecting the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He contended that the BJP had organized an NDA meeting only when an “I.N.D.I.A.” meeting was scheduled in Bengaluru, implying that the ruling party’s priorities were misplaced.
As the Parliament buzzed with reactions to Lalan Singh’s impassioned speech, it became evident that his words had struck a chord. The episode underscored the intense political climate surrounding the Delhi Service Bill and hinted at the escalating tension in the lead-up to the 2024 elections. With Singh’s fervent prediction echoing in the chamber, all eyes remain fixed on the unfolding political landscape, awaiting the anticipated transformation in the coming year.