Supreme Court's judgement on disqualification of convicted legislators helpful in cleaning politics
The Supreme Court in its judgement on disqualification of convicted legislators held that no Member of Parliament or of State Legislature would be hold onto his seat if he is convicted of a crime involving certain years of punishment.
This upset all the parties since the MPs and MLAs of all the parties are having criminal records. Hence with the tacit understanding of all the parties, the Cabinet under Dr. Manmohan Singh
, the Prime Minister of India
put up an Ordinance to undo the judgement of the Supreme Court of India. Such Ordinances are brought up when the Parliament is not in session.
Dr. Manmohan Singh was so much worried at the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement that he even did not wait for the Parliament session to commence. However, when this Ordinance was put up to the President of India for approval, he sought clarifications from some of the members of Cabinet viz., Home Minister, Sushil Shinde, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Kamal Nath
and Law Minister, Kapil Sibal instead of approving the Ordinance immediately.
Meanwhile, Vice President of the ruling Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi dubbed this ordinance as nonsensical and ruled that it should be torn and thrown into waste basket. Thus, Manmohan Singh received a great snub and humiliation. The passing of this Ordinance would have led to continuation of criminalisation of politics. However, now it appears that the Supreme Court's judgement will prevail and there would be decriminalisation of politics.
This would drastically reduce corruption and criminalisation at top levels which would lead to the substantial reduction in the cases of corruption and criminalisation at the bottom. So, the society would become more neat and clean.