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Cong criticism on ordinances like devil quoting scriptures: BJPParliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu speaking with the media in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Land Bill row

Cong criticism on ordinances like devil quoting scriptures: BJP

21 Apr 2015 | 2:07 PM

NEW DELHI: Attacking the Congress for spreading "disinformation" against the government on the land bill, BJP today said the opposition's criticism on issuing ordinances was like "the devil quoting scriptures".

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New Delhi, April 21

Attacking the Congress for spreading "disinformation" against the government on the land bill, BJP today said the opposition's criticism on issuing ordinances was like "the devil quoting scriptures".

Bringing out the past record of previous Congress regimes, the ruling party said a record number of ordinances were issued during the time and the opposition parties had no right to accuse them of "murder of democracy"          

The BJP also armed its MPs with records of previous regimes on ordinances and asked them to "expose" those criticising them before the crucial land bill is taken up for passage in Parliament.

"Congress party criticising the Ordinance route is like a devil quoting scriptures.Their record is worse. They have issued ordinances umpteen number of times. 456 ordinances were issued in last 50 years," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.

He said while 77 ordinances were issued during Jawaharlal Nehru's time, as many as 77 ordinances were issued during six years of Indira Gandhi's regime, when three ordinances were issued every two months and 35 ordinances were issued during Rajiv Gandhi's time.

"CPI-M-supported United Front regime issued 77 ordinances, three ordinances per month. Bills passed are only 61 and 77 ordinances were issued by the United Front government which was ably supported by the Communist party, which is taking objection to the issuance of ordinances, which was done after wider consultations after taking stakeholders into confidence," he said

Reminding the Congress of its past, Naidu said, "There is a limit for disinformation. Falsehood cannot become truth by repeating it 10 times. Before criticising us for 'murder of democracy', when you imposed emergency and put lakhs of people behind bars and stifled the media, what is it called. You have forgotten all the past."

"Please do some homework before criticising us. Their attitude is like going on a pilgrimage after committing a number of sins," he said, adding, "We are just reminding you that you also brought out".

Talking of the Gujarat model of development which the Congress is criticising, the Union Minister said, "your own government conducted a study through DIPP which says 'Gujarat model has been recognised as the best practice'. This is DIPP report before 2014 elections."

He also cited Supreme Court observations lauding Gujarat's "best land policy" as per the DIPP study posted on its website ahead of 2014 elections and termed the previous central land act as a "fraud".

Naidu provided the past record of issuance of ordinances at the BJP Parliamentary party today and said, "I have told my MPs and have given these details. Congress will be thoroughly exposed once all these facts come out before public before the land bill comes up in Parliament."  PTI

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