Union Cabinet decides to withdraw the Ordinance on convicted lawmakers
In the wake of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi censuring the government, the Union Cabinet has decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers, as well as the Bill that sought to amend the Representation of the People Act on which it was based.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance to reverse the apex court ruling which held that an MP or an MLA would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more.
To negate the Supreme Court order, the government moved to amend the law and brought the Representation of the People (second amendment) Bill, 2013 in Rajya Sabha during the last session. However, the bill could not be passed. Failing to get the Bill passed, it had brought the ordinance.