Ordinance on convicted lawmakers: Five questions Rahul Gandhi should answer

Rahul Gandhi left his party in a tizzy and PM red faced when he called the ordinance on convicted lawmakers cleared by Union Cabinet as `nonsense`.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2013, 20:28 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi left his party in a tizzy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh red faced when he called the ordinance on convicted lawmakers cleared by the Union Cabinet as `nonsense` and something that should be torn and thrown away.

However, questions are being raised as to what prompted Rahul to say that what his government had done was wrong and whether the move by the Congress vice president was a well-planned political move to gain brownie points and showcase himself as different.

Here are five questions that Rahul needs to answer in order to clarify his stand –

1. What took him so long to react on the controversial ordinance and why the belated intervention? Was he not aware of the Cabinet decision earlier and if he was why did not try to scuttle it quietly?

2. Did Rahul not know that the Congress core group headed by Sonia Gandhi had decided to go for the ordinance after Lalu had met her?

3. Why did he not take the PM into confidence rather than air his views publicly via the media? And why did he not call his own press conference rather than hijack Ajay Maken’s interaction with journalists?

4. Was what Rahul did was impromptu or a well-rehearsed move made for political gains after criticism began mounting against the ordinance?

5. Was Manmohan Singh made the fall guy in order to make Rahul a hero?