With the last Parliament session of the 15th Lok Sabha set to end on Friday, the Congress indicated the Government the ordinance route could be taken for the six anti-corruption Bills Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been pushing.
The Government has not been able to take up the Bills as proceedings were marred by disruptions by the Opposition and a section of Congress MPs over creation of Telangana.
With Rahul and the Congress pushing these Bills ahead of elections, party leaders indicated the Bills would take the ordinance route.
“We are keen on seeing these Bills passed. We are running out of time. We are talking to other parties and hope that they agree for an extension of the session,” said Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, appearing for the first time at the AICC briefing in his role as Congress spokesperson.
Arguing that non-passage of these Bills will be a “setback to the nation”, he said all options will have to be examined, including the ordinance route.
The Congress, it seems, wants to hardsell these anti-corruption laws along with the Lokpal Bill and RTI to counter opposition charges of corruption against the UPA.
Rahul has been accusing the Opposition of putting up hurdles in the passage of these Bills and questioned the sincerity of the BJP in the fight against corruption.
On Thursday, Rahul met with young leaders of his party seeking inputs for the 2014 election manifesto.
He told them to aggressively propagate achievements of the UPA.
He had been asking party leaders to counter the Opposition attack on corruption, highlighting RTI, passage of Lokpal Bill and a host of other Bills.
The Bills Rahul is pushing are the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill and the Public Procurement Bill, 2012.
Budget earmarked Rs 3.40 crore for the Nirbhaya Fund, to be used for the upkeep of security of women.