Rethinking on Ordinance owes to people, BJPs pressure: Ravi Shankar

Allahabad, Oct 02 (ANI): Senior BJP Leader, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that the rethinking on the ordinance on convicted lawmakers stemmed from the pressure exerted by the main opposition, BJP and the people of the country. Congress core committee has reportedly decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance to save the convicted legislators, MPs and ministers Wednesday noon after ending the core-committee meet. However, the final announcement is yet to come and there is a chance that it will come after ending the union cabinet meet, set to be held at 6:00 p.m. today. Oct 2, 2013

Cabinet and PM were ill-advised to bring the ordinance: BJD

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Even as the Congress party is mulling over withdrawing the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers, after party Vice President Rahul Gandhi dismissed it as 'nonsense', the Loksabha MP from Orissa Pinaki Misra said that cabinet and the PM were ill-advised to bring this ordinance and it ought to have never come about. Oct 2, 2013

Decision on ordinance will be taken by cabinet and Rahul Gandhi's view can't be ignored: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Even as the Congress party is mulling over withdrawing the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers, after party Vice President Rahul Gandhi dismissed it as 'nonsense', the Samajwadi Party stated that the ordinance should be retained. Senior Congress leader Rashid alvi said that decision on ordinance on convicted MP's will be decided by cabinet and Rahul gandhi's view can't be ignored. Oct 2, 2013

Rahul Gandhi meets PM, expresses regret about ordinance outburst: Reports

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reportedly expressed his regret on Wednesday about the ordinance outburst, which was cleared by the cabinet, according to sources. Sources added that Gandhi, in a 25-minute meeting with the Prime Minister this morning, clarified that he did not mean to undermine the authority of the PM or his cabinet. He, however, reiterated that he does not agree with the executive order that allows convicted MPs to remain in office while their appeal is being heard by a higher court. Gandhi's scathing review of the executive order came while the PM was in the United States. Oct 2, 2013

SP insists retaining ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers

Hardoi, Oct 2 (ANI): Even as the Congress party is mulling over withdrawing the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers, after party Vice President Rahul Gandhi dismissed it as 'nonsense', the Samajwadi Party stated that the ordinance should be retained. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that if the ordinance is withdrawn then it will prove that in the country an individual is bigger and not the government. Oct 2, 2013

Ex Lokayukta Santosh Hegde hails SC's order on convicted lawmakers

Bangalore, Oct 2 (ANI): Ex Lokayukta Santosh Hedge on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's order to disqualify convicted lawmakers from fighting elections. On July 10, the Supreme Court had ruled that an MP or MLA would be immediately disqualified if convicted by a court in a criminal offence with a jail sentence of two years or more. Oct 2, 2013

Nation remembers Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): The nation on Wednesday paid homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 144th birth anniversary. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other political leaders offered floral tributes at his memorial 'Raj Ghat' in New Delhi. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Lal Krishna Advani also paid floral tributes at the ' Raj Ghat'. A large number of people including school children also visited Rajghat and observed a minute's silence to pay their homage. Several functions have been organized throughout the country in Mahatma Gandhi's honour. Oct 2, 2013

PM's appeal to all secular forces to unite against Modi a call of desperation: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for asking all secular forces to unite against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying it is a call of desperation. Dr. Singh on Tuesday appealed to all secular forces to 'combine' to face the 'onslaught' of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Modi. Oct 2, 2013

Relations with Pakistan on path to normalization: PM

On Board, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh breathed an air of optimism after his meeting with Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif in New York by saying that relations with its nuclear-armed neighbour are moving towards normalization. The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of Singh's visit to the US to address the United Nations General Assembly, lasted for more than an hour and India called the talks "useful: while Pakistan called the atmosphere "very positive". Oct 2, 2013