Rahul Gandhi’s ordinance shortcut loses way

After President frowns, government decides not to go along with the move.

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2014 8:39 am
Although the Cabinet could meet once more before the code of conduct kicks in, the government wouldn’t propose any ordinance whatsoever, sources said. (Reuters) Although the Cabinet could meet once more before the code of conduct kicks in, the government wouldn’t propose any ordinance whatsoever, sources said. (Reuters)

For once, legal and propriety issues outweighed Rahul Gandhi’s clout in the UPA government as the Union Cabinet on Sunday dropped plans to bring the anti-corruption ordinances he was pushing. 

President Pranab Mukherjee weighed in to change the government’s mind, conveying his strong disapproval of the move to ministers who called on him earlier in the day to get him on board, according to sources.

While the ordinances were not formally placed as an agenda item at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, they came up in the course of discussions. “It was generally felt that the normal legislative route should be followed in the case of anti-corruption legislations, primarily because they require a full-fledged debate by Parliament,” said a source present at the meeting.

Sources added that although the Cabinet could meet once more before the code of conduct kicks in, the government wouldn’t propose any ordinance whatsoever.

Apart from the propriety of bringing ordinances on poll-eve, said sources, Mukherjee also pointed out some “technical” issues. The fact that this government would bring an ordinance when 15th Lok Sabha is still alive and then leave it for the next government and the next Lok Sabha to ratify it was not considered proper. The President was said to have discussed all these aspects with Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde when they called on him.

After this meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held consultations with senior ministers and party leaders, before finally deciding to drop the ordinance plan, to avoid the possible embarrassment of seeing Rashtrapati Bhavan sit over the ordinances.

These issues had been flagged at the Congress core group meeting on Friday evening as well, with the Law Ministry expressing reservations over the “urgency” for ordinances on the eve of general elections. However, the top guns of the government had then chosen to put these concerns aside in deference to Rahul’s wish.

A section of the ruling Congress also believes that the indelible image of the UPA government bending and crawling to the Congress vice-president’s whims and fancies would only harm the party in the forthcoming elections. Rather than emerging as a leader who could question, defy and deride the system that was developed and nurtured even by his mother Sonia Gandhi — as planned and projected — Rahul, said sources, was coming across as an “irresponsible leader who loved to show off his authority even at the expense of the Prime Minister’s, a leader who would tear an ordinance on convicted lawmakers one day and shake hands with Lalu Prasad the next day”.

“These anti-corruption ordinances, if promulgated, would have badly boomeranged on Rahul and the entire Congress. (Narendra) Modi, I am sure, would have loved to see the Cabinet toeing Rahul’s line once again,” said a senior Congress leader and minister.

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    Anubha Dixit
    Mar 3, 2014 at 5:54 am
    Rahul hi is turning up quite well. In the past few years, he has done commendable work, working on real issues, influencing people from ground level, he has done everything and that too, very effectively. Great to see him in Indian Politics
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    Himani Kansal
    Mar 3, 2014 at 5:45 am
    Pranab Mukherjee said it rightly that these ordinance need some debate in the parliament and it must follow the consutional route. But still, we must appreciate Rahul hi for taking some genuine steps against corruption
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    Himani Kansal
    Mar 3, 2014 at 5:48 am
    Rahul hi is a visionary leader, he works honestly on real issues and he is clear of his plans. Its quite a disappointment that these ordinances could not find its way, but still I'm happy to see Rahul hi taking such necessary steps
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    Rakhi
    Mar 3, 2014 at 7:37 am
    This is the time to think which party is doing good and thinking good of the country and its people. Modi is just advancing his prospects of being the Prime Minister. other parties and their leaders too are dreaming of the same. On the other hand Congress wants to give people of india their rights and powers. Make the right choice this time.
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    Ravinder Kapkoti
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:01 am
    These bills are urgent, although it can not be ped overnight, so its quite a good decision. And Rahul hi has done a good job, its very much appreciable
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    Satish Chandra
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:52 am
    The deaths of Rajiv and Indira did not matter, only the crimes against Satish Chandra matter. Both partited in the CIA’s crimes against me and both were killed by CIA-RAW because of my influence on them. I was the target in killing them; they themselves did not matter. Nehru was a lifelong British agent, Indira and Rajiv worked for the CIA and so do all Indian politicians. To avoid being killed by CIA-RAW, Rajiv’s son now (on Feb 26 ‘14) made an incredibly stupid and treasonous statement “What superpower? I will rather make a woman safe in a bus” to show to CIA-RAW that he is NOT under my influence and will not entertain any thought of making India a superpower and will keep India poor, weak and enslaved. Narendra Modi should be whipped and hanged for giving a bouquet of roses to an American diplomat in exchange for a strip search and cavity search of an Indian diplomat. After my reference to Advani as Home Minister being forced, with the threat of being prosecuted for Babri Masjid demolition, to visit CIA headquarters and make the Home Ministry partite in the CIA’s crimes against me, CIA-RAW threatened Modi with prosecution for the killing of Muslims in 2002 and so today (Feb 27 ‘14) “Modi signals shift in favour of big retail”, that is Walmart, etc., reversing the BJP’s stand -- while acknowledging this will harm him politically -- and urging Indians to embrace foreign ownership and control of India and other BJP politicians have joined in this treasonous deal with CIA-RAW as Jaitley‘s statement today (Feb 27 ‘14) that Modi “ has been able to overcome a sustained campaign against him over the 2002 Gujarat riots“ shows; CIA-RAW dictates -- with the threat of killing in the case of Rajiv’s son and threat of prosecution in the case of Modi -- what Indian politicians do and say, not India’s or the politicians’ own interests. P. Chidambaram should be whipped and hanged for speaking positively about Harvard University where the world’s greatest scientist and greatest Indian of all time was publicly tortured for being an Indian. The Italian woman and son should be whipped and hanged for partiting in crimes against him with the help of the CIA’s 24-hour satellite surveillance of him for the past 37 years. Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee should be whipped and hanged for ociating with CIA-RAW agent Hazare, a follower of M. K. hi who was a lifelong British agent and a homoual who wrote to his white master “How completely you have taken possession of my body; it is slavery with a vengeance”. You do not shake hands with any representative of a country whose potion will be made to eat one another till no one remains alive. Filthy s Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram and Raghuram Rajan made India a beggar and slave at the G-20 urging “advanced nations, like the US, to take heed of countries vulnerable to the stimulus withdrawal” and “advanced nations must recognise the impact of their monetary policy decisions on other economies and "be prepared to act if things get out of kilter" “. Why? Because “The reduction in stimulus, known as tapering, may affect capital flows to emerging markets and impact their currencies”. Why do you want to give ownership and control of India to foreign enemies when India has all the investment capital it wants by simply printing the money which is what the U.S. is doing stealing my proposal about money -- see ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year or More’ : HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom ? These filthy s Manmohan Singh and Raghuram Rajan must also be whipped and hanged along with filthy s Amartya Sen, Subramanian Swamy -- who were both brought to Harvard and one of them given a Nobel prize expressly to provide cover for the crimes against me -- and anyone else in public life you can think of. It is not too late to whip and hang filthy s Vajpayee and George Fernandes both of whom have been faking illness and an inability to speak to avoid answering questions about their partition in the CIA’s crimes against me. Nor is it too late to whip and hang filthy Ram Jethmalani, who was also brought to Harvard to provide cover for crimes against me and rewarded with a half a million dollar per year law practice and filthy L. K Advani who, while Home Minister, was brought, under pain of being prosecuted for the Babri Masjid demolition, to C.I.A. Headquarters to make India’s Home Ministry a partint in the C.I.A.’s crimes against me. Filthy Kejriwal wants to provide a few services at lower rates but my proposal about money shows how to provide all goods and services free of charge to everyone. Filthy M. Karunanidhi should be whipped and hanged; he was having Indian currency printed in China with the help of the Reserve Bank of India chief to provide some freebies to the people of Tamil Nadu as I described in my press releases but kept the crimes against me covered up otherwise everything could be provided free of charge to everyone in India. Filthy Jayalalitha should be whipped and hanged for saying she has a vision for India but keeping quiet about the crimes against me because of which India will remain poor, weak and enslaved despite her vision. I have described RAW’s trafficking of Indian children to Israel to be used as food -- RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom -- and said that “The Jews' fondness for human flesh is far easier sated on Indians than on those around them. Thousands of missing children from India end up in Israeli kitchens and it costs them less than goat meat … When the Congress Party president and her son spent a number of days in Switzerland recently [in 2011] taking care of their black money there, they were told in no uncertain terms by the Jewish bankers that their ability to keep their black money hidden depended on the continuation of the trafficking of Indians for food. Both the Congress Party president and her son had to partake of such food with their bankers to seal the agreement”. I have also described the torture and killing of the children so their skins can be made into shoes and handbags. The above state of affairs cannot be changed except by India’s nuclear forces simultaneously destroying Washington, New York, RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block which they must do without delay, with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destro, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom1:52am
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    Aashi Saxena
    Mar 3, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Under the leadership of Rahul Congress wants to make India an corruption free country. Rahul is a sincere, young, patriotic leader. He is intending the best for the country and trying to do his best to relieve it of corruption. That is why he is pushing for the anti graft bill. Also knowing that the next govt if not Congress will shelve these anti corruption bills for the convenience of the political cl.
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    Kush Arora
    Mar 3, 2014 at 10:38 am
    what happened in last 10 years doesn't matters..it matters that now RaGa is with all his efforts to give another power to the people of India.stead of asking him questions help him, p these bills even thru ordinance end of the day they come to power or not common man can be relieved coz of these bills...stop thinking of politicians and start thinking about the country.
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