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Credit goes to President: Advani

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Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.
Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.

BJP veteran L.K. Advani has claimed that the credit for the withdrawal of the ordinance to shield convicted lawmakers from disqualification goes to President Pranab Mukherjee, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi could have “used” Rahul Gandhi to “control the damage” to the government.

Writing on his blog, he said the description of the development as a victory for the Congress vice-president was a comment on “how superficial” the media had become.

Mr. Advani said the BJP delegation he led to the President on September 26 to drive home the party’s stand that the ordinance was unconstitutional and he not sign it got the impression that Mr. Mukherjee had reservations about the measure. “It seems these Ministers [Sushilkumar Shinde, Kapil Sibal and Kamal Nath] were told that the President had reservations about the ordinance. This must have alarmed them. The President returning the ordinance to the government unsigned would have been a major setback to the government.”

“It is then perhaps that Soniaji may have thought of doing some damage- control using Rahul… It is obvious, however, that no one advised him how precisely he was to carry out this task. The objective would have been fully served, had Rahul simply said the decision taken by the government needs to be reviewed,” Mr. Advani said.

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There is no credit, on this issue, for any party (other than AAP, BJD
and CPI) in the Bank of Public Goodwill. In fact all the political
parties (except AAP) are all so bankrupt that the citizens might wish to
foreclose all their assets and send them to the Debtors Prisons.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 10:20 IST

Best opportunity for Advani to join Congress..!!

from:  Yatish
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 10:01 IST

The BJP did not care little to Advani's opposition to declare Modi the
campaign-chief. As a further insult, they did not waited till the
Assembly elections, but went ahead with appointing Modi as the PM

After such snubs, Advani need not have toed the party line while
apportioning the credit for non passage of the ordinance. At 86, with
nothing else to lose, he could have been factual in his assessment.
But, what has been posted in his blog, is hypocritical, to be most
charitable. President's wisdom may be the primary cause for killing
the ordinance, but Rahul Gandhi's 'nonsense' remark also had its share
of credit.

In spite of being at the receiving end for the last 4 years, the
beleagured UPA has far more sane and sober voices then the rowdy
brigade, which goes by the name BJP. The 'pagdi', 'turban' references
by the Modi is more disrespectful to the PM then what Rahul gandhi has
spoken. And, to repeat, Rahul Gandhi said nonsense to the ordinance,
not to the PM.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 08:55 IST

The readers do NOT know what message Mr. Advani is trying to drive
home. Is he against or for of ordinance? the readers cannot judge it.
Whether any body is against ordinance or NOT Mr. Rahul Gandhi has
shown his guts to put it down and call it a dat and he has succeeded
fully in it. The arrogance with which he addressed the press
conference proves that every stage he was opposing the bill and his
party never took note of his feelings. No body else can take the
credit for the withdrawal of ORDINANCE and the BILL from the
Parliament. But for Mr. Rahul Gandhi probably the ordinance would have
gone to President for the second time and the President would have
conceded it. Now even the BILL is withdrawn. All kudos to Sri Rahul

from:  Gangadharan Nair
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 08:35 IST

This is what we call senior politicians comments. To the point!

from:  rahul
Posted on: Oct 5, 2013 at 06:37 IST
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