New Delhi, Oct. 2: Caught on the backfoot after Rahul Gandhi stole its thunder on the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, the BJP tried to project the cabinet decision to withdraw the ordinance and the related bill as an example of “dynastic pressure”.
Arun Jaitley, the BJP’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, said: “It would have been a great day for democracy if the ordinance was withdrawn because of constitutionality or morality. If this ordinance is withdrawn today, it is because dynasty prevails over constitutionality.”
Jaitley’s deputy in the Rajya Sabha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the Prime Minister had “meekly submitted” before the “sheer power of dynasty”.
“What happened today is confirmation of what the BJP has been saying that in this government, the PM and the cabinet are not important. What is important is the dynasty. The dynasty was constrained to intervene just to create a facade that a stand was taken after all,” Prasad said.
This morning, when it seemed inevitable that the ordinance would be withdrawn, BJP sources demanded that the bill pending before a parliamentary standing committee also be jettisoned.
But when the BJP had gone to the President on September 26, requesting him to return the ordinance, one of its arguments was that a bill was being examined by a parliamentary standing committee and, therefore, there was no reason to bring an ordinance. Its memorandum, signed by Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and L.K. Advani among others, did not ask for concurrent withdrawal of the bill.