Rahul ordinances: Unsure of what President may do, govt in a huddle

Ordinances were among the anti-corruption bills being pushed by Rahul Gandhi to create a "framework" to fight graft.

New Delhi | Updated: March 1, 2014 8:47 am
Rahul Gandhi pushed the anti-corruption bills to create a "framework" to fight graft. (AP) Rahul Gandhi pushed the anti-corruption bills to create a “framework” to fight graft. (AP)

The UPA government was Friday forced to do a rethink on its controversial plan to promulgate a host of ordinances, including those that aim to combat corruption and are being pushed by Rahul Gandhi with an eye on the general elections, as it was unsure of President Pranab Mukherjee’s mind.

Hours after the Cabinet deferred taking up the ordinances, the Congress core group met for over two hours to discuss the way forward. Law Minister Kapil Sibal, along with ministers Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh and V Narayanasamy, was called to the meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence. Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Finance Minister

P Chidambaram and Sonia’s political secretary Ahmed Patel were also present. Sources said at least two ministers sounded a note of caution saying the move could be legally untenable. The government is also apprehensive about the President questioning the timing and rationale as the law ministry has already asked the departments concerned to justify the ordinances.  The government was also aware of the President consulting legal experts, sources said.

The Congress core group was inconclusive and sources said the government may try to gauge the President’s mind before taking a final call in the next two days. The Prime Minister, sources said, could meet the President to discuss the issue.  There is an urgency over the issue in the government as the Election Commission is set to announce the election schedule next week, bringing the model code of conduct into force.

The Cabinet did not take up the ordinances for consideration with Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth saying that items relating to the ordinances stand “postponed”. Sources said if the government decides to push through the ordinances, a special Cabinet meeting could be convened on Sunday.  However, Shinde said no meeting is scheduled when asked if there would be a Cabinet meeting on Saturday to decide on the ordinances.

In another major decision, the Cabinet revised the limit of election expenditure incurred by candidates from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 70 lakh. The upper limit for nine smaller states – Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry – has been kept at Rs 54 lakh.

For Assembly constituencies, the maximum limit has been increased from Rs 16 lakh to Rs 28 lakh in all states except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Puducherry, where it will be Rs 20 lakh.
Besides, the Cabinet rolled out a slew of populist measures – ranging from doing away with the one-LPG-cylinder-per-month condition to raising the Dearness Allowance to 100 per cent.

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    Kangana Rawat
    Mar 1, 2014 at 8:18 am
    Congress's vice president Rahul hi always fighting for corruption free India so want to p, anti-graft ordinances, but due to some UPA alliances raising voices against these, its seem difficult to p ordinance. We never have to loose our hope as in next tenure of congress government Rahul will continue his works.
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    Kangana Rawat
    Mar 1, 2014 at 8:17 am
    It's good to know that someone like congress's vice president Rahul hi has come up in support of these Anti corruption bills because he is great man, He always stand for the development of the Nation, Now if Pranab Mukherjee gives his nod, then it will be a good news and it also work for us and fight for corruption.
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    Kangana Rawat
    Mar 1, 2014 at 8:17 am
    Mr. NaMo, Anti corruption bills are very important. Lok Sabha could not clear these bills due to disruptions, but the kind of effort Rahul is making to push these bills is appreciable. Rahul hi always fought for the right of the people.
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    Kangana Rawat
    Mar 1, 2014 at 8:16 am
    Mr. NaMo, This is the time to think which political 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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    Kangana Rawat
    Mar 1, 2014 at 8:17 am
    Thanks to RaGa, Goods and Services and Readdress of Grievances Bill, the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) amendment Bill, Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, and the Delhi HC Act (amendment) Bill, all these bills are urgent, although it can not be ped overnight, but still we must appreciate Rahul hi for taking serious steps on these bills, I'm sure he will do something to solve the problems.
  6. R
    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:38 am
    “The efforts he has been putting reminds me of his fatherRajiv hi who has contributed a lot to the country..”
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    Satish Chandra
    Feb 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
    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. IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom
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    smita b
    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:20 am
    "Rahul hi has a great vision as he wants to runindia with the Youth. He is the person who setback lifted Youth congress."
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