Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw both the controversial ordinance and the Bill that sought to protect convicted parliamentarians and legislators.The Cabinet met for about 20-25 minutes this evening, and decided to send a formal letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha soon with a request to withdraw the Bill.
The Cabine meeting was held at the 7 Race Course Road official residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prior to the meeting, Prime Minister Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan here for almost an hour on Wednesday, and reportedly briefed him about the Congress Core Group's latest decision on the controversial ordinance on convicted parliamentarians.
The Congress Core Group decided to withdraw the ordinance. The meeting of the Congress Core Group was attended by the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and others. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister AK Antony were not present at the meeting.
Rahul Gandhi met the Prime Minister for about 25 minutes this morning. This was the Prime Minister's first interaction with Gandhi after his return from US. Singh, who returned home yesterday after his five-day visit to the United States, said there was no question of him resigning from office.
"I have seen Rahul Gandhi's statement. He has written to me on this subject also, and, let me say, that when issues are raised in a democracy, in a democratic polity, the right course is to start with trying to understand what is agitating the minds of the concerned people. When I go back, I will discuss these matters with Rahul Gandhi. He has asked for a meeting with me, and, I will also take my Cabinet colleagues into confidence. We will see which way the wind blows," Dr. Singh had said onboard Air India One.
In a major embarrassment to the ruling UPA, Rahul Gandhi had earlier on September 27 dubbed the ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as 'complete nonsense', and said it should be torn up and thrown away.
Speaking to the press after the cabinet meeting, Manish Tewari said there was no question of undermining the authority of the Prime Minister in a democratic country.
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