Those Who Live In Glass…
The Congress-led onslaught for issuing nine ordinances in quick succession was ostensibly done without referring to its own record orders liberally. The Modi government, after opposition parties joined hands to ensure that the government was unable to push key legislation through the Rajya Sabha during the winter session, opted for issuing ordinances for these. The Opposition promptly accused the government of attempting to undermine Parliament. Even President Pranab Mukherjee cautioned the government against opting for the ordinance route even in the case of normal legislation “that could have waited”. Some startling statistics on ordinances issued since 1952: Between 1952-2014, governments issued 637 ordinances; that averages out to 11 per year or almost one ordinance a month. Of these 456 were issued in about 50 years of rule and by six Prime Ministers of the Congress, which is at the forefront of the attack on the Modi government on ordinances.
India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of the Congress cleared about 70 ordinances between 1952 to 1964. His daughter Indira Gandhi issued 77 Ordinances during 1971-77, at the rate of almost three ordinances every two months. Rajiv Gandhi issued 35 ordinances in five years as PM. The minority Congress government of PV Narasimha Rao issued 77 ordinances in its five year term.
The NDA government headed by the BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee issued 58 ordinances between 1998 and 2004, at a strike rate of almost nine per year. The Manmohan Singh government or UPA I issued 36 ordinances and UPA II, with its improved numbers, issued 25. Which means UPA took recourse to ordinances six times a year in its 10-year term.