Veteran BJP leader and former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar slammed the UPA government for bypassing Parliament and bringing an ordinance to protect convicted politicians.

While talking to the press at Palampur, Shanta Kumar said the UPA government wanted to amend this law earlier also and a Bill for the amendment of the law was presented in Parliament in the last session, but the same was deferred and sent to the select committee of Parliament for further discussion. It was a matter of surprise that the government had promulgated an ordinance even without waiting for the report of the committee. BJP stalwart alleged that Congress led Govt is only trying to save its close associates.

Shanta Kumar, who is known as honest politician and bold policies during his tenure as Chief Minister of state, expressed concern over the criminalisation of Indian politics. He said recent riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh were the latest example of criminals active in political parties who were responsible for the killing of 40 innocent persons.

He claimed that there were hardly 10 political leaders in the country who had been convicted for more than two years. It was shameful that just to protect only 10 persons, the UPA government was playing with the sentiments of lakhs of people and also showing disrespect the highest court of the country.