BJP: Opposed bill, ordinance

Charging the Congress with spreading “complete falsehood” about her party’s stand on the controversial legislation on convicted legislators, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said her party has consistently opposed both the bill and the ordinance.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Ms Swaraj said that at an all-party meeting held to discuss the proposed legislation, four choices were placed before the leaders but there were divergent views and no consensus could emerge.
In her tweets, she further said that after the all-party meeting, finance minister P. Chidambaram and parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath had told her that all the four options should be sent to the standing committee for thorough deliberation.
“After the bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, (law minister) Kapil Sibal met Arun (Jaitley) and me in my chamber and we made our opposition very categoric and clear. We told Kapil Sibal that the bill was wrong and unconstitutional. It was because of our opposition that the bill was referred to the standing committee,” she said. She said when the ordinance was approved, the BJP had voiced opposition on day one and requested the President not to sign it. “We said the ordinance was immoral, illegal and unconstitutional. We opposed the bill. We opposed the ordinance. What Congress is spreading since morning is complete falsehood,” she tweeted.

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