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Akhilesh targets UPA over ordinance mess, terms it `poll gimmick`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 14:27

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday launched a sarcastic attack on the Congress-led UPA Government over reports that the controversial ordinance on convicted parliamentarians is likely to be withdrawn, and said it seems that someone is in a hurry, keeping in mind the upcoming elections.

"The question needs to be asked from those people who brought the ordinance and are now taking it back. Those who brought the ordinance are now withdrawing it. So, question the people who brought it. If someone is in a hurry then it seems this hurry is keeping in mind elections," he told media here.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is presently meeting President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan here to brief him on the decision taken by the Congress Core Group with regard to the ordinance on convicted parliamentarians.

According to sources, the Congress Core Group has decided to withdraw the ordinance. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, party chief Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and others. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister AK Antony were not present at the meeting.

The meeting of the Congress Core Group was significant in wake of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi`s public outburst against the Cabinet ordinance.

Rahul Gandhi met the Prime Minister for about 25 minutes earlier in the day. This was the Prime Minister`s first interaction with Gandhi after his return from US.

The Prime Minister will meet President Pranab Mukherjee this afternoon before the latter leaves on a state visit to Greece.

A special Cabinet meeting has been called at 6 pm today.


First Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 14:27

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