The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said it is an irony that the ruling Congress Party is distorting the truth on a day like Gandhi Jayanti.
“It’s the Congress Party which has eaten crow, and not once, but multiple times. On a day like today, if the truth has to prevail, truth must prevail, because they have tried to distort facts,” said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekh.
“It is an irony that on a day like Gandhi Jayanti, Mahatma Gandhi’s name which has been consistently taken benefit of by this party should not follow the first lesson which he gave and that was to speak the truth. And, they are distorting the truth,” she added.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is presently meeting President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan here to brief him on the decision taken by the Congress Core Group with regard to the ordinance on convicted parliamentarians.
According to sources, the Congress Core Group has decided to withdraw the ordinance. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister, party chief Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and others. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Defence Minister A.K. Antony were not present at the meeting.
The meeting of the Congress Core Group was significant in wake of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s public outburst against the Cabinet ordinance.
Rahul Gandhi met the Prime Minister for about 25 minutes earlier in the day. This was the Prime Minister’s first interaction with Gandhi after his return from U.S.
The Prime Minister will meet President Pranab Mukherjee this afternoon before the latter leaves on a state visit to Greece.
A special Cabinet meeting has been called at 6 p.m. today.
Dr. Singh, who returned home yesterday after his five-day visit to the United States, 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.