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Khurshid defends ordinances, attacks Modi, Kejriwal

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times  On board PM’s aircraft, March 05, 2014
First Published: 01:01 IST(5/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(5/3/2014)

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday defended the government’s decision to take the ordinance route for bringing in anti-graft legislation.

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Addressing the on board media on the way back from the prime minister’s visit to Myanmar, Khurshid said the question of “democratic morality” cannot be a factor in government going for the ordinance route for anti-corruption laws.

“Ordinance is not a substitute for parliamentary procedures and it is for the next parliament to pass the same legislation”.

The minister added that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is keen that the party shows “that it is serious about fighting corruption” and said government is looking at what ‘adjustments’ are possible in bringing out these ordinances.

Khurshid also hit out BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. “High decibel campaigns might project you more than what you are... But you that could also bring you  a sad end”, Khurshid said.

He said the impression that Modi is gaining allies for BJP needs to seen in perspective and pointed out the trouble brewing between the BJP and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.

The minister said he “does not have a great opinion about the political sense of Kejriwal,” adding that the AAP party is “following convoluted logic” and a “double edged sword” strategy.

The minister added that the 49 days of AAP rule took credit away from the party winning 28 seats in Delhi.

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