A day after the Centre dropped plans to take the ordinance route on anti-corruption legislations being pushed by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Monday tried to project it was not a loss of face for the Congress vice-president, arguing that he never talked about the “methodology” and “procedure” to make these legislations a reality.
However, it is a different matter that the Congress vice-president had himself told a group of activists who were protesting at Vijay Chowk after the Parliament session, that he had spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to explore the possibilities of bringing those bills as ordinances.
The Congress Monday argued that Rahul and the party were backing these legislations in “principle and substance” and had not talked about the procedure.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Rahul and the Congress were solidly behind these measures and never pitched for bypassing established procedures and systems.
“Neither Rahul nor the Congress has talked about methodology and procedure,” he said.
Singhvi targeted the BJP saying the constant disruption of Parliament by the main opposition resulted in the non-passage of these bills and led the government to think about bringing ordinances.