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Aug 01, 2013 at 02:07pm IST

Political parties oppose SC verdict on disqualifying convicted MPs

New Delhi: All political parties on Thursday opposed the Supreme Court's verdict on disqualifying convicted MPs. They also opposed the court's ruling that those behind bars can't contest elections. The parties voiced their dissent in an all-party meeting which took place just a few days before the monsoon session of Parliament, which will commence on August 5.

The apex court had ruled that any person in the custody of police will be temporarily barred from contesting elections. The court had also ruled that a person can't contest elections if he or she is in judicial or police custody. This ban shall be in place only as long as the person is behind bars.

The BJP also hit out at the government as leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said, "The government wants 64 items in a small session of 16 sittings. Its unrealistic." Her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley also voiced his concern on the issue and said, "Only 12 effective days with 64 legislations is unrealistic."

Two days after the Congress Working Committee endorsed the creation of separate state of Telangana, the BJP said it will support the bill on Telangna. " Bill on Telangana should be brought in this session itself. We are in favour of passing the Telangana bill," said Sushma.

The Opposition also raised a number of issues to be discussed in the session and that includes Uttarakhand tragedy, bad economy, falling rupee, CBI and IB issue. The party want the government to consider their concerns on Land Bill and Food Security Bill. "Land and Food Security Bills should be brought with the amendments we have suggested," Sushma said.

Meanwhile, Jaitley also asked the government to have a constructive attitude towards the issues raised by them.

The BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad termed Supreme Court verdict as a seeping judgement. "If you are arrested, you cannot file nominations regardless of trial or conviction is a seeping judgement. It gives enough abuse to the Opposition or the government in power to detain all the political opponents one day before the nomination starts," said BJP leader.

There was almost an unanimity that the government should take measures on the apex court's judgement on the disqualification of MPs even if they spend a night in custody and on reservations. "Concerns were expressed on the erosion of supremacy of Parliament. Parties wanted the government to make a statement on it," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad said the party supported the government on Food Security Bill. "We support the government on the Food Bill and other bills. Supremacy of Parliament will be maintained," said.

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