Bangalore: The BJP on Saturday said Congress sought to issue the ordinance on lawmakers in a hurry to "save" its ally Lalu Prasad, in case he is convicted in the fodder case on September 30.
"If ordinance is not issued before the 30th and if there is a judgement negative against him, then he will lose his membership," senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told a press conference here.
Asked if the intention of the ordinance is to "save" Prasad, he said: "Undoubtedly", adding, the Congress also wanted to save one of their MPs, Rasheed Masood, who was convicted recently, and the party is expecting such judgements in case of some others also.
On Rahul Gandhi's denunciation of the ordinance on lawmakers and attack on government, Naidu said the "real intention" of the Congress vice-president is to "show" the Prime Minister "who the real boss is".
The ordinance was not an overnight development, he pointed out. It was approved by the core group chaired by the Congress government and was cleared by the Cabinet. It was earlier moved as a bill.