While the BJP has strongly opposed the move and has urged the President not to approve of the ordinance, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on the other hand justified the government's move. SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav defended Cabinet's decision saying that the law making is the right of Parliment and the ordinance is correct.
The decision has also been opposed by the Aam Aadmi Party.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj asked the President not to sign the ordinance as it was unconstitutional. She expressed her displeasure on her Twitter account too.
I & B Minister Manish Tewari lashed out at Sushma Swaraj on his twitter account saying that 'unsolicited advice is neither appreciated nor taken seriously'. He added and said that all the parties were consulted before the decision was taken.
The ordinance comes as a huge relief to legislators were very facing who were facing immediate disqualification as they continue their tenure despite their conviction.
Ordinance proves to be a shield to tainted legislators
The ordinance comes as a reversal of the apex court judgement according to which legislators convicted of offences with two years or more in jail were to be immediately disqualified. The ordinance also barred convicted and jailed leaders from contesting elections.
Since the ordinance has now been passed, it will allow tainted legislators to continue in office, if the appeal agaisnt the conviction is given to a higher court within 90 days. This also allows the individual to attend the Parlimentary or the State Assemblies but without drawing any salaries.
Some of the tweets by political leaders and parties are as follows-
Union Cabinet has approved Ordinance on convicted MPs. We are opposed to this. We request the President not to sign this Ordinance.
Union Cabinet has approved Ordinance on convicted MPs. We are opposed to this. We request the President not to sign this Ordinance.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) September 24, 2013
President is not obliged to sign an Ordinance that is unconstitutional.
President is not obliged to sign an Ordinance that is unconstitutional.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) September 24, 2013