Stall the bill

Stall the bill

Ordinances at this stage would have set the wrong precedent.

* The president of India is justified in being unwilling to sign ordinances that the Congress was trying to push through (‘Rahul Gandhi’s ordinance shortcut loses way’, IE, March 3). Ordinances at this stage would have set the wrong precedent. But it is unfortunate, because the list included anti-graft ordinances, on which there is a consensus across parties. They should have been passed automatically in Parliament. Parties seemed to have made a pact to defer decisions through “disruptions” in Parliament. Showpiece bills like the anti-graft legislation and the women’s reservation bills are talked of but never passed.
— Madhu Agrawal

Many a slip

* This refers to ‘Rahul ordinance shortcut cut short’ (IE, March 3). The government’s plans to introduce a number of last-minute ordinances were a mockery of Parliament. The Congress could have easily got the last session of Parliament extended by a few days to get “Rahul Gandhi’s bills” debated and passed — but they decided not to do this. The ordinance route was being adopted to give people the impression that the Congress gave effect to anti-corruption solutions all on its own. President Pranab Mukherjee deserves praise for calling out the government’s impropriety.
— M.C. Joshi

Not above the law

* This refers to the editorial, ‘End of a farce’ (IE, March 1). It is shameful that the unscrupulously rich and powerful think they are above the law and can bend it in their favour. That’s what the Sahara chief did by not honouring the Supreme Court summons. The court was right to order his arrest so that he could be presented before it. The VIP treatment given to him after his arrest is also unjustified.
— R.K. Kapoor

Moving picture

* This refers to the editorial, ‘No freeze frames’ (IE, March 1). Ram Vilas Paswan has shown that politics is a game of extreme possibilities, and “impossible” is a word that does not feature in the political dictionary. The Dalit leader’s influence in his community is intact, and he is a key political player in Bihar. He is also popular among Muslims. With this move, Paswan has scuppered the Congress-LJP-RJD combine that was in the making. The BJP’s electoral fortunes look bright in Bihar. In Tamil Nadu, DMK leader M. Karunanidhi has suddenly displayed warmth towards Narendra Modi. With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa trying to marshal a Third Front and the Congress turning its back on the DMK, there is every possibility that Karunanidhi will explore the option of aligning with the BJP. But such an alliance could damage the BJP, as it would then be associated with tainted leaders of the DMK.
— Ganapathi Bhat