India's Rahul Gandhi slams move to shield convicted politicians
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed a Cabinet move to protect politicians found guilty of crimes, embarrassing the government led by his own party just months from a general election.
About 30 per cent of lawmakers across federal and state assemblies have criminal charges against them.
The government has come under fire since it passed an order this week that could allow convicted lawmakers to continue to hold office and stand in elections. Critics say the move was designed to shield allies that Mr Gandhi's Congress party may need to form a ruling coalition after elections due by next May.
A contender for prime minister if Congress returns to power, the normally publicity-shy Gandhi called a news conference to lambast the ordinance passed on Tuesday by a government that has been dogged for years by corruption scandals.