Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's comments on the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers hours before his summit meeting with President Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh said that the ordinance cleared by the Cabinet has been a matter of much public debate. Rahul had written to him on the issue and also made a statement.
"The government is seized of all these developments. The issues raised will be considered on my return to India after due deliberations in the Cabinet," he said in a statement.

With Rahul taking a public stand against it and writing to the prime minister, there is little doubt that the fate of the ordinance, now before President Pranab Mukherjee, is sealed.

The Congress Vice President said, “What our government has done as far as this ordinance is concerned is wrong", although at one point he mentioned that it was his personal opinion.
The controversial ordinance, approved recently by the Union Cabinet presided over by Singh, seeks to prevent immediate disqualification of convicted MPs and MLAs and negate a Supreme Court judgement on this. The President too appears to have reservations about it.

The Congress immediately fell in line with Rahul's view on the ordinance with several ministers endorsing it although sources said that the decision to promulgate an ordinance was taken days ago at the highest levels in the party.
With Rahul's remarks seen as a snub to the Prime Minister there were some immediate suggestions that he should resign. BJP said Singh should resign if he had any self respect. PM's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru saw "insubordination" in Rahul's attack and suggested that Singh should resign.


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