He said Gandhi is keeping the party in check.
"In politics you have to balance principle and pragmatism. This is our good fortune that in our leadership someone has said please watch the principle, don't fall to pragmatism of daily politics, remain adhered to principles and we should acknowledge with gratitude that Rahul Gandhi has said this," Khurshid told CNN-IBN.
Gandhi on Friday openly disapproved the ordinance and said it should be torn and thrown away.
During a Congress press conference at Delhi Press Club, Gandhi made a brief appearance and said, "The ordinance is a complete nonsense. It should be torn and thrown away."
"We must stop making compromises," he said.
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared an ordinance to undo the Supreme Court's order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs.
The ordinance aimed to allow convicted legislators to retain positions if the appeal against the conviction is admitted by a higher court within 90 days.
Earlier, the apex court had refused to consider the government's plea seeking review.
However, it had agreed to review its decision on whether a person in jail has the right to contest elections.
On July 10, the Supreme Court ruled that MPs and MLAs, facing criminal charges, if convicted, would stand disqualified from the date of conviction.
They will stand disqualified even if they appealed to a higher court.
The court had cancelled a provision in the electoral law, which ensures that convicted lawmakers cannot be disqualified if they appeal in a higher court within three months.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-09-2013)