Defending the move to bring in ordinances to push through anti-graft Bills backed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the eve of elections, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Tuesday night that “very difficult… special circumstances… constant, rigid opposition” had forced the government to take such a route.
Responding to a query from The Indian Express, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said: “The standard answer (to taking the ordinance route) would be a no… But these are very difficult circumstances… Should the Parliament not have functioned for three sessions?… I agree ordinances are no substitute for Parliament… but these are very special circumstances… There has been constant, rigid opposition.”
Khurshid spoke to the media on board the Prime Minister’s special aircraft after Manmohan Singh, returning home from the BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar which was his last official trip abroad, skipped the customary on-board press conference.
He said Rahul Gandhi has some very “clear views… wants to do something that fulfils the expectations of the common man… and doesn’t want to disappoint… but he is not trying to draw any political mileage”.
“He is leading us… and it is our job to support him in his endeavour… the President is the head of state and has great experience.. we will try to put across our point of view,” he said.
To a query on whether the Congress needed to rethink its strategy in view of aggressive campaigning by BJP challenger Narendra Modi, Khurshid said the party did not need to lay its cards on the table. “Sometimes high decibel campaigns boomerang,” he said.
Out of the 114 candidates, 74 of them have declared serious criminal cases against them.