Istanbul, Oct. 5: Pranab Mukherjee today dismissed as speculation BJP leader L.K. Advani’s statement yesterday that the President, not Rahul Gandhi, was behind the withdrawal of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers.
“The cabinet is the mother of the ordinance… it alone withdrew the ordinance,” Mukherjee told journalists.
“BJP leaders, Aam Admi Party leaders met me… I had a discussion with Prime Minister and what transpired everyone knows…. This is the fact. In between who is responsible, how responsible, to what extent responsible, these are speculations of individuals. I have nothing to do with it.”
Mukherjee also dismissed speculation around the Belgian King’s description of him as a “consensus builder in India”. That was a reference to “my earlier role as leader of the House in Lok Sabha…. Now I do not see, do not speak and do not hear”, he said.