Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets President over ordinance

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New Delhi, Oct 2: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday soon after the Congress core committee meeting on the controversial ordinance on convicted politicians ended. He would brief the president about the decision taken at the Congress meeting.

It was said that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the party backed the stand taken by the party vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, on the ordinance. The latter had called the ordinance a 'non-sense' in an impromptu press conference here on September 27.

The Samajwadi Party was reportedly against the withdrawal of the ordinance while the JD(U) and CPI(M) supported its withdrawal. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the ordinance to shield convicted politicians is unconstitutional.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi backed Rahul Gandhi's stand on the ordinance

"The ordinance as well as the bill should be withdrawn, no need to provide relief to the convict," said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar patted the opposition for pressurising the government to take the decision on the ordinance. He also thanked the president for his role.

The Shiv Sena criticised the government's way of handling the issue, saying it was not in tune to democratic practices.

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