The Union Cabinet is likely to withdraw the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has publicly censured. It is learnt that the ordinance is the only item on the agenda of the Cabinet meeting to be held here on Wednesday evening.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who returned from the U.S. on Tuesday evening, is expected to call on President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday morning to brief him on his talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York as also his address to the U.N. General Assembly. It is understood that the Prime Minister will also discuss the ordinance that was sent to the President last week and on which he, too, has some reservations.

Last Thursday, Mr. Mukherjee had called Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for a briefing on the subject. Wednesday morning, government sources said, is the only window of opportunity for the meeting as the President leaves on a five-day tour of Belgium and Turkey in the afternoon.

In a statement last Friday, the Prime Minister said the Cabinet would reconsider its position once he returned from his trip. “The ordinance cleared by the Cabinet …. has been a matter of much public debate,” the statement said. “The issues raised will be considered on my return to India after due deliberations in the Cabinet.” It is not....

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