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Govt defends move to bring in ordinances

Khurshid spoke to the media on board the PM’s special aircraft after Manmohan Singh, returning home from the BIMSTEC summit.

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” had forced the government to take such a route.

Responding to a query from The Indian Express, Khurshid said that “the standard answer (to taking the ordinance route) would be a no… I agree there can be no substitute for Parliament… but these are very special circumstances… should Parliament not have functioned for three sessions?… There is constant, rigid opposition.”

Khurshid spoke to the media on board the PM’s special aircraft after Manmohan Singh, returning home from the BIMSTEC summit, skipped the customary on-board press conference.

He said Rahul has some very “clear views on what needs to be done to fulfil the expectations of the common man… he does not want to disappoint… he is our leader and it is our job to support him in his endeavour.”

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