press trust of india
On Board Special Aircraft, 5 OCT: President Pranab Mukherjee today described as speculation, Mr L K Advani crediting him for the withdrawal of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, saying he had nothing to do with the development.
“I cannot comment on the views of the Opposition. Whoever wanted to seek an appointment with me, I gave them a date. BJP leaders met me, The Aam Aadmi Party met me. I received various representations (against the ordinance),” he told reporters on board his special aircraft during the second leg of his visit to Belgium and Turkey.
“I had a discussion with the Prime Minister and what transpired everyone of you knows. The Cabinet is the mother of the ordinance,” he said, adding that the Cabinet, in its wisdom, decided to withdraw the ordinance at its meeting on 2 October.
“In between who is responsible, how responsible, to what extent responsible, these are speculations of individuals. I have nothing to do with it,” he said.
BJP leader Mr Advani yesterday credited the President for the withdrawal of the ordinance and slammed Rahul Gandhi for “rubbing off the authority” of the Prime Minister and the UPA with his strong words.
“The victory that has come to the country by withdrawal of this illegal and immoral ordinance has thus been thanks only to the Rashtrapati***, who has proved that the UPA would err seriously if it assumed that like most other Congressmen who had earlier occupied the high office of President, he too would remain a rubber stamp President,” Mr Advani said in a post on his blog.
Mr Mukherjee also laughed away Belgian King Philippe’s description of him as a “consensus builder in India” and said there was “nothing to read in between” the remark.
“What King Philippe meant was my (earlier) role in being the leader of the coalition in the House (Lok Sabha) and nothing more than that,” he said when he was asked if the monarch’s words referred to the role he might play after the 2014 general election.
Mr Pranab Mukherjee today reached Turkey, the second leg of his tour, after a four-day visit to Belgium where he attended a host of state events and held talks with top leaders.
He lauded Belgium for supporting India’s efforts to secure civil nuclear cooperation.
The President will be in Turkey till 7 October to attend a host of events. He is going to the country on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart.