Advani called the entire situation as 'another ugly chapter in the unflattering history' of the UPA government.
In his blog titled 'It's Pranab Da, not Rahul, who saved the situation', Advani wrote: "With the Cabinet deciding on Wednesday to withdraw the Ordinance as well as the Bill pending before Parliament in respect of convicted MPs and MLAs yet another ugly chapter in the unflattering history of the UPA Government has ended."
Criticisng the media, Advani said: "That most of the media reports on this development have described it as a victory for Rahul Gandhi is a comment on how superficial the media generally has become these days."
Advani said Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi used Rahul Gandhi for damage control.
"It is then perhaps that Soniaji may have thought of doing some damage control using Rahul for the purpose. 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 if Rahul had simply said that the decision taken by the Government needs to be reviewed," Advani said.
He said Rahul Gandhi insulted the UPA government by his comment.
"Rahul's victory is really confined to rubbing off U.P.A's authority, and not merely the Prime Minister's. From Day One, U.P.A. has always meant Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi.So, the 'nonsense' slur hurled at the Cabinet approved ordinance cannot apply only to the P.M. and His Ministers. Soniaji must also share responsibility," the senior BJP leader said.
Rahul Gandhi on Thursday admitted that the words he used against the ordinance meant to undo the Supreme Court's order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs was 'too strong'.
"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.
Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday morning met Singh at his residence to discuss the ordinance.
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."
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)