Bitterly divided over communal violence in Kishtwar, suspension of a young IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh and a host of other issues, the political class on Monday showed rare unanimity to guard its interest.
Backed by all major parties, the government moved the Supreme Court against orders disqualifying and barring convicted lawmakers from the poll process and also introduced in Parliament a bill to keep parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI).
In its review petition, the Centre said the rate of acquittal in India was high and if an elected member was disqualified on being convicted then the MP's/MLA's membership of the House cannot be restored even after acquittal.
A lawmaker convicted and punished for two years and above would stand disqualified immediately, the court ruled on July 10. It had also barred a person in judicial or police custody from contesting elections.
In the Lok Sabha, the government introduced the first amendment to the transparency law amid cries of foul play from RTI activists.
The government said the act would "hamper" the smooth working of parties and might be "misused" by rivals. The amendment will incorporate a provision in the law that recognised or registered parties will not be covered under the RTI act.
Once passed by Parliament, the amendment will be effective retrospectively - from June 3, the date on which the central information commission ruled that political parties were covered under the transparency law.