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Oct 02, 2013 at 11:33pm IST

PM bows to Rahul's diktat, ordinance on convicted MPs withdrawn

New Delhi: Within 24 hours of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh landing in New Delhi the government has withdrawn the ordinance and the Bill to protect the convicted MPs and MLAs on Wednesday. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had on Friday called the ordinance 'nonsense'. He said, "it should be torn and thrown away."

The day started early for the Prime Minister. First he met Rahul Gandhi, who told him that he regrets the manner in which he expressed his anger, though he insisted that the ordinance be withdrawn. The congress core group meeting took no time to please Rahul, however the allies are angry at being forced.

"I think in future there will be more consultation than what has been done after this time," said Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister.

"It would have been a great day for Indian democracy if this had been withdrawn on the grounds of morality and constitutionality," said Arun Jaitley, BJP leader.

The PM's position has once again been compromised in all these development.

While Dr Singh has been repeatedly attacked by Opposition this time the blow is harsh as it has come from within the Congress. It seems that the Congress has planned for a generation shift and Rahul will be its mascot not Manmohan Singh.

"Rahul's ideology is clear. the country needs a clean politics and his statement was in the same spirit," said Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Power Minister.

Meanwhile, Rahul's dramatic push for clean politics is seen as his launching pad.