"My mother(Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi) told me the words used were perhaps too strong. Maybe in the hindsight it is true. But the sentiment I felt was honest," Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by the media on Thursday.
In a move that apparently is seen as a victory for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday withdrew the much-debated ordinance meant to undo the Supreme Court's order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs.
In what appeared to be an action that ostensibly went against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi had trashed the ordinance as something that should be torn and thrown away and demanded its withdrawal.
The Cabinet decided to withdraw both the bill as well as the ordinance.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his return from USA on Wednesday morning met senior Congress leaders on the issue.
"We got feedback on the ordinance from the entire country. It was a collective decision," said Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury.
Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday morning met Singh at his residence to discuss the ordinance.
According to sources, Rahul Gandhi clarified his stand on the ordinance and said he will oppose it "at any cost".
Rahul Gandhi on Sept 27 openly disapproved the ordinance and said it should be torn and thrown away.
During a Congress press conference at Delhi Press Club, Rahul 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 Sept 22 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.
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 04-10-2013)