Ordinance wrong, should be torn up, thrown away: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

In a dramatic appearance at the Press Club of India here, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday said the government was “wrong” in preparing an ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification and that, in his opinion, it should be “torn up and thrown away”.

“What the government has done is wrong,” Gandhi told journalists in an impromptu press meet that took everyone by surprise. Gandhi chose to walk into the Press Club soon after Ajay Maken, in charge of Congress media communication, finished his press interaction.

Seeking to project the Congress party’s line on the controversial ordinance that has evoked sharp response from sections of the opposition and the public at large, Gandhi said: “My opinion of the ordinance is that it is completely nonsense and should be torn up and thrown away.”

He said the ordinance was born out of ” political considerations” and it was time “political parties, including mine, should stop making these kind of compromises”.

“We should stop this nonsense,” he said in comments that immediately created a stir and suggested schism between the government and party over critical issues.

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  1. Glad Day ?

    Yesterday , I wrote about “ Sad Day / Bad Day / Mad Day “ , not knowing that by evening , it will turn into a “ Glad Day “ !
    “ Glad Day “ for 2 reasons :

     Late in the afternoon , in a press-meet , Rahul Gandhi said,

    “ My opinion on the ordinance is that it is completely nonsense and it should be torn up and thrown out. I personally feel , that what our Government has done as far as this ordinance is concerned, is wrong “

     Supreme Court said,

    “ The voter has the right to negative voting by rejecting all the candidates in the fray by exercising the option of ‘ none of the above ‘ in the EVMs and ballot papers “

    Now only if the politicians ( whether clean or tainted )

     dare to meet the people of their constituencies

     care to ask them what are their further “ Expectations “

    voters will tell them , ( Citizen’s Charter of Demand ? ),

     Scrap the ordinance / bill pending in the Standing Committee. Based on Supreme Court verdict , prevent convicted MPs / MLAs from attending Lok Sabha / State Legislatures

     Scrap amendment to RTI Act , which keeps the political parties outside its purview

     Accept all donations / contributions to a political party by cheque only ( irrespective of the amount ) and display these on your web sites , along with quarterly statement of all expenditures

     Display on your web site complete declaration ( financial as well as criminal ) of each candidate / elected MP / MLA , filed with Election Commission – and every year , if elected

     Pass the Jan-LokPal bill ( Anna Hazare version ) before the 2014 elections

    By owning-up the “ mistake “ committed by UPA Government ( as far as the Ordinance is concerned ) , not only Rahul Gandhi showed unprecedented moral courage ( could be political hara-kiri ? ) , he has silenced / disarmed his critics and won over millions of young admirers

    If only he continues to display similar “ Courage “ in respect of what I have listed above , I have no doubt , on its own , Congress will win 300+ seats in the 2014 National Elections

    Remember , your “ Pre-Poll Actions “ on the ground will send a powerful “ Message of Hope “ to the disillusioned / frustrated youth of India

    Neither Narendra Modi , nor Arvind Kejriwal will be able to match such a challenge !

    • hemen parekh ( 28 Sept 2013 )


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