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Updated: September 26, 2013 02:20 IST

AAP will move President before going to court

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“It’s worrying all parties are one on protecting convicted lawmakers”

A day after the Union Cabinet decided to bring in an ordinance to protect convicted legislators from disqualification, the Aam Aadmi Party said it would request the President not to ratify it; otherwise, the party would challenge it in the Supreme Court.

“People are shocked at what the UPA government is doing. We have requested President Pranab Mukherjee to give us a hearing before he signs the ordinance.” AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal told a press conference here on Wednesday.

“Without amending the Constitution, how can you bring back as an ordinance the provision in the Representation of the People Act, which was struck down by the Supreme Court? Convicted legislators will now sit in Parliament and Assemblies and participate in lawmaking that will further their own interests.”

Questioning the hurry with which the Centre decided on the ordinance, Mr. Kejriwal said what was “more worrying” was that all parties had such tainted leaders and were “one” on the issue. “The Congress claims that it had consulted the BJP before passing the ordinance. If it is so, the BJP is trying to mislead the people by pretending that it is opposed to the ordinance. Let the party say it will not field any tainted candidate.”

Lawyer and AAP member Prashant Bhushan said the Constitution does not allow Parliament to make one law for ordinary citizens and another for MPs and MLAs. “Deferring disqualification of convicted legislators by three months is unconstitutional. Ordinances are brought only in emergencies. In this case, the Bill [that allowed convicted legislators to continue in office] has been referred to the Standing Committee. If there was no rush when Parliament was in session, why is this haste now?”Activist Sanjay Singh quoted a study conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms, which listed legislators with criminal cases in almost all parties. “This ordinance is only to give relief to Rasheed Masood [of the Congress] and Lalu Prasad [of the Rashtriya Janata Dal] who face jail terms,” he said.

“At a time when people are looking forward to ridding Parliament of people with criminal antecedents, the ordinance has come as another nail in the coffin of the UPA,” said the former Law Minister, Shanti Bhushan.

BJP is all doing Acting on Ordinance as it had already given it assent
to amend constitution .. to give a back door entry to criminals,every
one should oppose this,day by day reputation of Indian Democracy is
degrading ,with such laws people will never believe in constitutional
bodies ,AAP and its motives are honest and Party should never give up
fighting for same ..in Democracy ,for a party it is not all about to
Form a government but it is to serve country in every way possible

from:  Jagtar
Posted on: Sep 27, 2013 at 03:10 IST

Congress will be loser if the President signs. The people know that Congress is doing nothing to curb inflation and corruption etc.but more worried to safeguard political career of some tainted leaders.

from:  Suresh Prakash
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 21:11 IST

Thanks Arvind we are proud of AAP. BJP is pretending that is quite
visible.. if the opposition wants to stop something.. it is very much
possible.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 13:12 IST

At least one person is trying hard to protect common man.
Thanks Aravind ji.

from:  Gopi
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 08:11 IST

this ordinance must be challenged by party like AAp. we are really shocked by the
acceptance of the opposition party to the ordinance. that means either they are
colluding with the ruling party on one hand and being seen as opposing it on the
other. the reason is they too may have tainted members. both parties will loose the
trust of the common man if they behave like this. people want drastic change this
time and the parties must realise this. At least in the current2014 election they
must select honest, dedicated,simple member for parliament as it is the wish of
the public, and as times changed,voters are are not fooled by slogans only
hereafter but able and sincere workers who will do good to the ordinary citizen
and his needs.hope this comment find space in HIndu as we are pained to see
what is happenning in India.

from:  kvl shanta
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 07:57 IST

AAP's stance is perfect and is in national interest. AAP has no tainted
men on its roll so far and it did not win an election so far. The
character of Delhi-ites would be put to test in forth coming elections
as to whom they VOTE and want to represent them in Legislature &
Parliament. Let noble thoughts come from everywhere !

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 07:46 IST

Ours is a two class democracy-the politician and the public. 2 constitution's- for politician and the rest. Where the former will always find ways to benefit themselves(never, never give up to get richer, escape court trials and now the new one-even convicted stay in power) and the later will always will be muted. Gandhi's non-violent protest message has reached public as no protest. Public is further divided into those 1. who can pay bribe and get away, 2. get paid to vote.

from:  marudah
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 06:54 IST
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