An individual bigger or govt? Samajwadi Party asks PM on Ordinance withdrawal reports

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:59

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Dismissing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi‘s opposition to the Ordinance on convicted lawmakers as a ‘drama’, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday warned that the withdrawal would be ‘dangerous for democracy’.

Talking to a news channel, Agarwal called Rahul’s remark on the Ordinance a "drama".

He appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the Cabinet must stick to the Ordinance and should not send a message that it is being withdrawn because of an individual. He added that his party supports Ordinance because one can appeal to higher courts, adding why should leaders lose their seat only on lower court`s judgement.

"If the PM backs on his stand, then it is dangerous for democracy. The Ordinance should be brought. How can one be disqualified simply on basis of trial court verdict?”

The SP leader further asked why the government’s allies were being ignored in this decision. “Just because Rahul Gandhi has decided, the stand should not change”, he said.

"If the Ordinance is taken back, it will prove that, in this country, an individual is bigger than the government," Agarwal said.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the Ordinance that proposes to protect convicted lawmakers, a party official said.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier rubbished the Ordinance, saying that it was "complete nonsense" and should be "torn up and thrown away".

The remark had created a political storm, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the prime minister should step down.



First Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:26

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