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Congress core group favours withdrawal of ordinance

Congress core group favours withdrawal of ordinance

New Delhi: The Congress core group, which met on Wednesday, said that the Cabinet should reconsider the ordinance on convicted MPs. Sources say the Congress core group, however, also feels that allies should be taken on board.

According to reports, overwhelming view in the Congress Core Group was that the Ordinance on convicted MPs should be withdrawn.

All pros and cons were discussed and a decision was left to the Union Cabinet which is meeting in the evening, highly placed party sources said after the hour-long Congress Core Group meeting headed by Sonia Gandhi.

The sources said that the government is mulling whether to withdraw the ordinance- which was sent to President Pranab Mukherjee after the Cabinet had cleared it- or ask the President to take a call on it.

Soon after the Core Group meeting, which was also attended by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Gandhi's political aide Ahmed Patel, the Prime Minister met President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Mukherjee is said to have reservations over the Ordinance to provide immunity to MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification overriding a Supreme Court judgement on the issue.

The day of hectic activities in the Congress began on the issue with Rahul Gandhi calling on the Prime Minister in the morning and holding one to one interaction during which the Congress Vice President explained to Singh the context in which he denounced the Ordinance.

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