A day after the prime minister indicated that the ordinance could be taken back, the cabinet met for just 20 minutes in the evening at Manmohan Singh's official residence to take the decision, brushing aside the disapproval of some Congress allies. Read full story
* The BJP sought to take credit for the government’s decision to withdraw the ordinance on convicted lawmakers.
“We are happy and proud that the opposition (BJP) has ensured that the flag of the democracy flies high,” Ravi Shankar Prasad of the BJP said.
* According to TV reports, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said that the ordinance was being removed in a hurry.
He also said that the BJP too wanted the ordinance reversed.
* Cabinet unanimously decided that both ordinance and Bill must be withdrawn. A motion will be moved in the parliament to withdraw the Bill, says I&B minister Manish Tiwari.
Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, Tewari said there was no question of undermining the authority of the Prime Minister in a democratic country.
“The Union cabinet today met at 1800 hours and it was unanimously decided that both the ordinance with regard to certain sections of the Representation of People Act as well as the bill would be withdrawn.
The decision of the union cabinet was unanimous. As the PM articulated yesterday, democracy is not an authoritarian monolithic sysetem of government. We respect diversity of views. Yes there was a view articulated by Rahul Gandhi and possibly it was based on the widest possible feedback.. under those circumstances it was decided to take back both the bill and ordinance.
"As far as the bill is concerned, it is the property of Parliament so an appropriate motion will be moved when Parliament meets, to withdraw the bill," Tiwari said.
* The Samajwadi Party lashed out at the government for doing a volte face on the ordinance.
“SP does not agree with the decision, this is for the first time a govt has taken a U-turn,” party spokesperson Naresh Agarwal said.
* Govt has done a good thing by withdrawing the ordinance: CPI's D Raja.
* Cabinet decides to withdraw ordinance on convicted lawmakers. Will also withdraw bill that saves convicted MPs and MLAs. Clears withdrawal of bill when Parliament re-convenes.
Both the ordinance and Bill were passed through consensus in the cabinet.
* Cabinet meet on ordinance begins.
* Union Ministers arrive at the Prime Minister’s official residence – 7 Race Course – for cabinet meeting to review the ordinance on convicted MPs.
While the PM had earlier on Wednesday conveyed his decision of withdrawing the ordinance to UPA allies, NCP and Samajwadi Party are miffed at how the government has suddenly changed its stand based on the opinion of Rahul Gandhi.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said he would a demand an explanation from the Congress as to how they changed their stand despite two cabinet meetings discussing the issue.
* Nitish Kumar supports withdrawal of ordinance. "If there is a mistake then there is no problem in rectifying it,” he said.
* The Centre has decided to withdraw the ordinance and is seeking legal advice from its Attorney General GE Vahanvati. The cabinet will meet over the ordinance at 6 pm on Wednesday evening.
* Attorney General GE Vahanvati arrives are 7 RCR to meet Manmohan Singh on ordinance issue.
* Manmohan Singh talks to allies on Ordinance. Read full story
* Manmohan Singh met Pranab Mukherjee over the controversial ordinance after the Congress core committe meet with a cabinet discussion on the issue expected in the evening.
* Reports say that the ordinance will be reconsidered by the cabinet with strong chances of a rollback.
* Prior to the cabinet meet there was a Congress core committe meet.
* The core committee comprises Sonia Gandhi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel, the Prime Minister, Defence Minister AK Antony, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
* The latest development in this regard comes in wake of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s public outburst against the Cabinet ordinance.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who returned from his visit to the US and United Nations, will preside over the Cabinet after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee.
* The Cabinet meet to discuss the ordinance will take place this evening.
Dr. Singh yesterday said that he is looking forward to meeting Rahul Gandhi, and would try to understand the latter’s agitation over a cabinet-approved ordinance on convicted lawmakers.
Returning from the United States after a five-day visit via Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Singh further 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.
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