Press Esc to close

Tear the ordinance and throw it away : Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Sep 27, 2013, PTI : 16:00 IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi making a surprise appearance at a 'Meet the Press' programme of with party General Secretary Ajay Maken (L) at Press Club in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo
In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Rahul Gandhi today denounced the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense" and said what "our government has done is wrong".

Making a surprise brief appearance at a meet-the-press programme of his party's general secretary Ajay Maken at the Press Club here, he said the ordinance should be "torn up and thrown away".

Storming into the programme, the Congress Vice President said before coming there he asked Maken about what was happening and Maken gave him a political line about the ordinance that "everybody will give you, the Congress will give you, the BJP will give you".

"Now, I will tell you what is my opinion on the ordinance. It is complete nonsense, it should be torn up and thrown away. It is my personal opinion," he said.

Rahul said that the arguments given in "my organisation" is that "we need to do this because of political considerations. Everybody is doing this. The Congress does this, the BJP does this, the Samajwadi Party, the JD(U) does this."

"It is time to stop this nonsense, political parties, mine and all others....If you want to fight corruption in the country whether it is Congress Party or BJP, we cannot continue making these small compromises. Because if we make these small compromises, then we compromise everywhere."

At this point, Rahul got up from his seat to leave the venue but when journalists persisted, he resumed his seat as a barrage of questions flowed.

"I am interested in what the Congress party is doing and what our government is doing. That is why what our government has done as far as this ordinance is concerned is wrong," he said and left the venue.

After he left, Maken, who heads the Congress media department, said, "What Rahul Gandhi has said is our party policy".

Rahul's dramatic and open denunciation of the ordinance comes a day after President Pranab Mukherjee called three ministers - Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs - and raised questions over the need for an ordinance on an issue on which there was no political consensus.

The President is understood to have asked the ministers what was the urgency to bring an ordinance when there was a bill already pending before Parliament on the issue.

Government spokespersons have been maintaining that there was an all-party consensus on the need for a bill to negate the Supreme Court judgement that struck down a provision in the electoral law which allowed a convicted MP and MLA to continue in their post if they make an appeal to a higher court within three months.

The all-party meeting was held on August 13 in which the government claimed that the main opposition BJP was also in favour of the legislation to negate the Supreme Court judgement.

However, after the Union Cabinet cleared the ordinance on Tuesday, the BJP and the Left parties have attacked it as "unconstitutional and immoral". Many civil society members and organisations also opposed the ordinance.

Yesterday a high-level BJP delegation led by L K Advani met the President and urged him to return it to the government for reconsideration.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Bronze medalist in the women's 4 x 5km relay cross-country skiing the team from Russia...

Bronze medalist in the women's 4 x 5km relay cross-country skiing the team from Russia...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien, 3, feeds an elephant during...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien, 3, feeds an elephant during...

Bollywood actress and dancer Smilie Suri during the Pole Dance practice...

Bollywood actress and dancer Smilie Suri during the Pole Dance practice...

A child plays with soap bubbles at the Surajkund Mela in...

A child plays with soap bubbles at the Surajkund Mela in...

Potters sell their items at the Surajkund Mela in...

Potters sell their items at the Surajkund Mela in...

People in costumes join a parade to mark Chinese new year, the Year of the Dog...

People in costumes join a parade to mark Chinese new year, the Year of the Dog...

Protesters stand near billboards placed by the pressure group Occupy Justice...

Protesters stand near billboards placed by the pressure group Occupy Justice...

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia during a promotional event...

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia during a promotional event...

Girls take selfie near a classic car at the 8th edition of the 21 Gun Salute...

Girls take selfie near a classic car at the 8th edition of the 21 Gun Salute...

A man feeds langurs at Khandagiri in...

A man feeds langurs at Khandagiri in...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.