Sibal: UPA did not want to favour anyone with the ordinance

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Kapil Sibal defends the ordinance
Bathinda, Sept 26: Supporting the Union cabinet's decision to clear the ordinance to neutralize the Supreme Court's order mandating the disqualification of MPs and legislatures convicted of offences, Union law and justice minister Kapil Sibal said that the ordinance was stricter than the apex court's decision.

He refuted allegations made by political parties that the ordinance was passed to protect a few tainted politicians, who faced disqualification. He said that the UPA government did not want to favour the convicted persons with the ordinance but was of the view that if the conviction was stayed by the higher court within 90 days, the elected representative should not be disqualified.

Sibal also added that before the ordinance was tabled , he had held talks with leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley, who gave his consent. But the moment the bill was tabled, the opposition had a problem.

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