Special circumstances forced govt to take ordinance route: Salman Khurshid

Khurshid says ordinances are no substitute for Parliament... 'but these are very special circumstances...'

On Board Pm’s Aircraft | Published:March 4, 2014 10:07 pm
 Khurshid said the party did not need to lay its cards on the table. Khurshid said the party did not need to lay its cards on the table.

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.

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    Prapur
    Mar 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    When you had many tainted ministers and MPs of your own party and government ruled by congress for years in power you did not bring any anti corruption bill. Salman you were law minister in UPA ministries so don't try to find excuses. You do not deserve to be minister of India any way as you are not clean either.Election forced you to bring Lokpal otherwise you were ready to jail Anna & Baba Ramdev too.
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    Akshay Jindal
    Mar 5, 2014 at 11:28 am
    BJP thinks they will form the next govt and will p this bills then. they want to take all the credit for this bills. but they are wrong, congress will win 2014 election and will p this bill in the very first parliament session of UPA-III govt.
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    Akshay Jindal
    Mar 5, 2014 at 11:26 am
    disruption of parliament is because of opposition and BJP is the biggest opposition. they are responsible for halting anti-graft bills. they are not interested in ping the anti graft bills. if congress take the ordinance route BJP will definitely try to stop them.
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    Citizen
    Mar 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    This is like a student copying and telling that he failed to attend cles due to bandhs and unable to study due to power cuts and so on what sort of rulers we have????? They blame every failure of theirs on others like the story of fish drying in Panchatantra Hope voters would teach these guys a lesson in 2014 what they are looking is proper action not this way. Jaihin
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