President Pranab Mukerjee summons ministers over ordinance

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President in a dilemma over ordinance
New Delhi, Sept 27: The cabinet's decision to pass the ordinance has now put President Pranab Mukerjee in a dilemma. While some ministers welcomed the decision, some from the Opposition were dead against it.

The ordinance that protects tainted legislators from immediate disqualification on Thursday reached the Rastrapati Bhavan for the President's approval. However the ordinance brought along a bag of opposition fron BJP leaders, who urged Mukerjee not to sign it. Among the BJP leaders were some Congress leaders too, who expressed their views saying that the ordinance could erode the public faith in democracy.

Leaders like LK Advani, Arun Jaitely, Sushma Swaraj submitted a memorandum to the President on the party's objection to the ordinance. Congress leaders Anil Shastri and Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Milind Deora too voiced their opinion on the same.

Senior BJP leaders submitted a memorandum to the President against the ordinance

President consulted Homeminister Sishil Kumar Shinde and Law minister Kapil Sibal for the same. Sushma Swaraj, who met Mukerjee, told reporters that the president was not bound to sign an ordinance, which was unconstitutional in nature.

Deora even tweeted on his Twitter account that 'legalities aside, allowing convicted MPs/MLAs to retain the seats in the midst of an appeal, can endanger the public faith in democracy.'

The Supreme Court on July 10 had struck down a provision of the Representation of Peopl Act that allowed a convicted member of the parliment of the state legislature to continue membership for a three-month period for filing an appeal to a higher court and get a stay on the conviction. However since the ordinance was approved by the Cabinet, it negates the apex court's order on the immediate disqualification of the legislators.

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