"Finally, sense has prevailed (in the government). We have been opposing the Ordinance from the very first day. Several other parties have also been opposing the move," senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.

The bill to protect convicted lawmakers is already before Parliament's Standing Committee and it will naturally come up before both the Houses, he said. He added that the Ordinance route on such a crucial issue was not correct.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that the government first ignored substantial public opinion and pushed the Ordinance and now it's making a U-turn, as Rahul Gandhi has strongly spoken against it. This has put the government to shame, he said.

"Manmohan Singh has once again proved to be a shadow Prime Minister," Dasgupta said.

CPI national secretary D Raja said that there have been widespread protests by various major parties which have demanded dropping of the ordinance.

"Congress was isolated and embarrassed by this,” he said.

In parliamentary democracy, the government can be compelled to change a decision, Raja said.

The government has to have an open mind to accept the people's verdict, Raja added.

Dasgupta said that the Ordinance was brought after due diligence by the Union Cabinet and the Congress core group "must have given consent." He said that a decision on withdrawing the Ordinance will not be wrong but "outrageously belated".

(Agencies)

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