Senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament KTS Tulsi on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision not to disqualify ministers with criminal backgrounds and for saying that it was the prerogative of the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to do so.
The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea seeking that its order on disqualification of convicted MPs and MLAs be effective even in case of lawmakers who were held guilty of serious offences before the judgement.
A day after the Union Cabinet withdrew a controversial Ordinance on convicted lawmakers it had earlier cleared, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday termed the decision as "strangulation of democracy" as it was effected after condemnation by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for the ongoing drama with regard to the ordinance on convicted parliamentarian.
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Congress-led UPA Government over reports that the controversial ordinance on convicted parliamentarians is likely to be withdrawn.
: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the all-party meeting had supported the ordinance that proposes to protect convicted lawmakers and has changed stand after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi raised the issue, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said here on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he will try to "find out the reasons" why Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had chosen to rubbish a government ordinance that shields convicted lawmakers "that way."
Showing leniency would be a case of misplaced sympathy, a Delhi court on Tuesday said while refusing the benefit of probation to Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader Rasheed Masood and two former bureaucrats who were sentenced to four-year jail term in a corruption case.
BJP on Tuesday alleged that the ordinance to save convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification had been brought in by the ruling Congress to save its own leaders and not just former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and its other allies.