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BJP flays ordinance on convicted MPs

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said the government’s decision to promulgate an ordinance on convicted MPs is an attempt to make ‘cheats, frauds, murderers’ and the likes as lawmakers.

‘BJP is shocked at this Ordinance. We would like to know whose great idea it is — is it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi or is it UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi,’ party general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

‘Who was eager to promulgate an Ordinance to make frauds, cheats, rapists and murderers as our MPs and MLAs?’ he said.

Rudy hailed the Supreme Court verdict on the issue, saying the apex court had in a ‘historic judgement’ said that an MP or an MLA would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more.

The Ordinance, which was cleared by the Cabinet on Tuesday, seeks to negate this order and BJP has opposed this move.

‘We Indians have already lost faith in the political system and very soon the country will trash this democracy for good, thanks to this Congress government,’ Rudy said.

His observations came a day after Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj termed the Ordinance as unconstitutional and requested the President not to give his assent to it.
‘BJP leaders to meet Rashtrpatiji against Ordinance for convicted MPs. We have put in our request for a meeting’, said Sushma Swaraj in her tweet.

The union Cabinet had on Tuesday approved an ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification to negate an order of the Supreme Court. 

Government decided to bring the ordinance after failing to get a Bill to this effect passed in 
Parliament during the recent monsoon session, sources said. 

The government’s decision to take the ordinance route came against the backdrop of a Congress MP Rashid Masood facing the prospect of disqualification.
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