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Karat slams Centre move on ordinance

Karat said the UPA government move to promulgate Rahul Gandhi-backed anti-graft ordinances before elections was undemocratic.

Thiruvananthapuram | Published: February 27, 2014 12:53:57 am

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat Wednesday said the UPA government move to promulgate Rahul Gandhi-backed anti-graft ordinances months before the Lok Sabha elections was undemocratic. 

“We are not going to allow the ordinance raj,” he said, while addressing a party rally in Kozhikode, marking the conclusion of Kerala Raksha Yatra of party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

Hitting out at the Congress for taking the ordinance route at the eleventh hour of the Manmohan Singh regime to battle graft, the Left leader said, “What they were doing in last five years? They allowed corruption run riot. After the last session of the LS was over, the Congress says it is time to check corruption.’’ Karat said if the Congress genuinely wanted to fight corruption, the government should have presented the Bills in the Parliament. The Centre could have extended the House session for three-four days to allow a discussion on the Bills, he said.

“They should wait until the next Parliament to bring in the new law. The CPI (M) and the Left will oppose this,” he said.

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