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Rahul Gandhi forces UPA to rethink on ordinance to shield convicted leaders

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Sep 27, 2013 at 07:19pm IST

New Delhi: After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's statement on ordinance on convicted legislators, the pressure in on the government to withdraw the ordinance, sources said on Friday.

Sources added that the decision on the ordinance will be taken soon.

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Rahul Gandhi openly opposed the ordinance saying it was a complete nonsense. He said, "The ordinance is a complete nonsense, should be torn and thrown away."

Rahul said, "All parties do this because of political considerations and we must stop making political compromises."

The remarks came as an embarrassment for the party as the Union Cabinet had passed the ordinance on Tuesday over-ruling Supreme Court's judgement. Rahul's statement is surprising considering the government could not have cleared the ordinance without consulting the party which is headed by himself and his mother Sonia Gandhi.

Minutes before Rahul's statement, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken was defending the ordinance. "I think the ordinance was brought up by many wise and experienced leaders. As far as the differences in opinion within the Congress is concerned, I think it shows that we respect internal democracy. Everybody is entitled to having his own opinion."

Earlier, party leaders Sandeep Dikshit, Milind Deora and Anil Shastri also spoke against the ordinance.

Sandeep Dikshit said, "While I believe that the ordinance that has now come and has kind of clarified many of them but I personally believe that it is something that should intially go to the standing committee."

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party had also met President Pranab Mukherjee asking him not to sign the ordinance. AAP even questioned the urgency in passing the ordinance.

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