New Delhi, Oct : The Union Cabinet will meet here today to take a call on the possible withdrawal of the controversial Ordinance on convicted lawmakers.
The latest development in this regard comes in wake of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s public outburst against the Cabinet ordinance.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who returned from his visit to the U.S. and United Nations, will preside over the Cabinet after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee.
The Cabinet meet to discuss the ordinance will take place this evening.
Dr. Singh yesterday said that he is looking forward to meeting Rahul Gandhi, and would try to understand the latter’s agitation over a cabinet-approved ordinance on convicted lawmakers.
Returning from the United States after a five-day visit via Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Singh further said there is no question of him resigning from office.
“I have seen Rahul Gandhi’s statement. He has written to me on this subject also, and, let me say, that when issues are raised in a democracy, in a democratic polity, the right course is to start with trying to understand what is agitating the minds of the concerned people. When I go back, I will discuss these matters with Mr. Rahul Gandhi. He has asked for a meeting with me, and, I will also take my Cabinet colleagues into confidence. We will see which way the wind blows,” Dr. Singh said onboard Air India One.
When specifically asked to respond to the opposition’s demand that he should have resigned from office immediately after Gandhi’s criticism of the ordinance while he was abroad, Dr. Singh said: “Well, there is no question of resigning. I said I will put all these issues before my Cabinet colleagues. These are all matters which are discussed before the highest body, the core group of the Congress Party. The Cabinet discussed this matter twice, not once. But, it is always possible to change one’s mind, and, I will consult my colleagues on all these issues,” he added.
In a major embarrassment to the ruling UPA, Rahul Gandhi had earlier on September 27, dubbed the ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as ‘complete nonsense’, and said it should be torn up and thrown away.
“I personally think what the government is doing on the ordinance is wrong. It was a political decision, every party does it, and there is a time to stop this nonsense,” Gandhi had said in New Delhi. (ANI)