BJP, Left and Congress clash over Ordinance on convicted lawmakers
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Opposition parties--BJP and Left--and Congress on Wednesday clashed over the Ordinance that protects convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification with the saffron party opposing government's decision as an attempt to make "cheats, frauds, murderers" as lawmakers.
As the Ordinance on lawmakers cleared by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday came under attack, Congress leader and I&B minister Manish Tewari took on BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who had requested the President not to sign it, saying the constitutionality of legal enactments could be decided by courts and not by the opposition party.
The Left parties while opposing the decision said the UPA government was "repeatedly using the Ordinance route which is undemocratic."
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"BJP is shocked at this Ordinance. We would like to know whose great idea it is--is it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi or is it UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi," party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy told PTI.
"Who was eager to promulgate an Ordinance to make frauds, cheats, rapists and murderers as our MPs and MLAs?."
The Ordinance seeks to negate the order of the Supreme Court on the issue and BJP has opposed this move.
Rudy hailed the Supreme Court verdict, saying the apex court had in a "historic judgement" said that a rapist, a murderer, an extortionist, convicts of bribery and cheating cease to be MPs or MLAs if they are declared guilty by a court of law and imprisoned for more than two years.
Rudy's remarks came a day after Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj termed the Ordinance as unconstitutional and requested the President not to give his assent to it.