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Rahul Gandhi opposes Centre, says Ordinance on convicted lawmakers nonsense

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:51

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the controversial ordinance moved by the Centre on negating the Supreme Court verdict on lawmakers and termed it as "complete nonsense."

Addressing media persons here, Rahul Gandhi said, "I’m not concerned with any of the parties, but about what Congress is doing. The ordinance on convicted lawmakers is complete nonsense and it should be torn and thrown away."

The young Congress leader made this remark a day after a high-level BJP delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him not to give his consent to the ordinance.

The President on Friday called Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law Minister Kapil Sibal for consultations on the issue.

The President also reportedly invited two Union Ministers for consultations on the issue.

The BJP delegation led by LK Advani met the President and asked him to reject the ordinance or refer it back to the government for reconsideration as it is unconstitutional.
BJP contended that the President was not duty bound to give assent to the ordinance that seeks to negate a Supreme Court verdict that struck down the provision in the Representation of the People Act deferring disqualification of convicted lawmakers.

The two ministers will give the President a briefing on the need for bringing the ordinance, official sources said.

There has been an all-round attack on the issue of the ordinance cleared by the Cabinet on Tuesday with the civil society and others criticising the government for trying to protect convicted lawmakers.
The ordinance has been sent to the President for assent. The measure is aimed at giving a breather to MPs and MLAs who face immediate disqualification on their conviction in a criminal case with a jail term of two years or more.

The move was initiated in the wake of a two-month-old Supreme Court verdict which ruled that an MP, an MLA or an MLC would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more.

The government had moved the apex court for a review earlier this month which was rejected.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:18
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