New Delhi, Sept. 25: The Congress fears that the decision to bring in an ordinance to protected convicted lawmakers would be unpopular.
The party is worried that a perception could gain ground that the decision was taken under duress as it came a few days before the verdict in the fodder case in which its ally Lalu Prasad is an accused.
A party general secretary voiced concern, saying that evolving a consensus is better and the ordinance should have been avoided.
PTI later quoted Congress leader Digvijaya Singh as saying: “In such controversial matters, it is always better to bring about a political consensus rather than pushing through an ordinance.” Singh’s opinion was aired after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar dismissed Opposition criticism and said the ordinance was aimed at “protecting the dignity of the Constitution”.
The Congress claimed that every political party had been consulted and there was a consensus that the court order on the immediate disqualification of convicted lawmakers should be rectified.
Responding to leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj’s appeal to the President not to sign the “unconstitutional” ordinance, information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari tweeted: “The constitutionality or otherwise of legal enactments are tested in constitutional courts and not in the BJP’s moat.”
He added: “Unsolicited advice is neither appreciated nor taken seriously. These are the first principles of the legal profession. Advice of Leader of Opposition amusing, surprising.”