Why is govt in hurry in bringing ordinance on lawmakers: BJP

New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday sought to know why the government was "in a hurry" in bringing the ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification and wondered if it was being done to protect some leaders close to the ruling party.
 
"Why has the government brought this ordinance? Why is it in a hurry to bring this through an Executive Order and in such a hurry? There is some other motive behind bringing this ordinance," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
 
The Union Cabinet to approved the ordinance which will negate an order of the Supreme Court that disqualified convicted MPs and MLAs immediately even if their appeal is pending in a higher court.
 
The main Opposition said the government had shown similar haste on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail and Food Security. In the latter case too, the UPA regime had come out with an ordinance just days before the monsoon session of Parliament.
 
"Congress has shown extraordinary interest in bringing this executive order today. The same government which has shown a policy paralysis is doing this," Sitharaman said.
 
The party said on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail too the government had come out with an executive order though the "mood of the nation" and the view of the Parliamentary Standing Committee were against it.
 
Let the government explain first why it is bringing the ordinance and then it will react to its provisions, the party said.
 
BJP leaders maintained that government has resorted to the ordinance route as RJD leader Lalu Prasad- who is a UPA ally- will be affected as the verdict on the Fodder scam is likely to come on September 30.
 
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood was found guilty by the Supreme Court of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats when he was minister of health in the erstwhile V P Singh government.
 
BJP had stalled the introduction of a Bill on this issue in the last monsoon session of Parliament.