Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has been the most vocal voice for the government this week, perhaps filling a void left by the PMO. He held press conferences, made speeches and in general done his best to 'bash' the Opposition.
Amidst the barrage of accusations, the only suggestion that stood out was Mukherjee's call for a special session of Parliament. However, the Finance Minister made it clear the session would only be called if the Opposition agreed to have a debate on the JPC issue and not another screaming match. As was perhaps expected no opposition party took up his offer, continuing with the demand that the JPC surmounts all other considerations.
Mukherjee was not one to let such a matter lay. He immediately shot back with the declaration that the Opposition should first apologise to the nation for harming the dignity of the Parliament. He also said they were wasting the nation's time and all but asked them to give up childish demands and come to the negotiating table.
They still haven't, but it is nice to hear at least someone from the government with a strong voice and some ideas.
Image: Congress party leaders Digvijay Singh, left, and Pranab Mukherjee, talk during the 83rd Plenary session of the Congress party in New Delhi, Sunday, December 19, 2010.