PM, Sonia pay obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat sans Rahul Gandhi

The tussle between Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the ordinance on convicted lawmakers became evident on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013, 10:28 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The tussle between Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the ordinance on convicted lawmakers became evident when the latter was not visible at the Rajghat on Wednesday morning with the Prime Minister and his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The PM and Sonia Gandhi went to Rajghat to pay respect to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary.

The leaders paid floral tributes at Rajghat -- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Yamuna river. They were accompanied by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.

A minute`s silence was observed at the black stone memorial by all the leaders.

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti across the country. It is also marked as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhi, born this day in 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat, played a key role in India`s independence struggle. He was assassinated on January 30, 1948.

Rahul`s nonappearance ahead of his crucial meet with the PM spoke volumes. Usually, the trio are seen together on such occasions.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister told reporters on board his special aircraft while returning from New York after attending the UN General Assembly session that he will try to "find out the reasons" why Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had chosen to rubbish a government ordinance that shields convicted lawmakers "that way."

"Well I am not the master of what people say. It has happened and as I said when I go back I will try to find out the reasons why it had to be done that way and how do we handle it," the Prime Minister said.

On being asked whether he was upset by the public denunciation of the ordinance passed by the Cabinet, he said : "I think, I have been used to ups and downs and I don`t get easily upset."

Rahul Gandhi at a press conference had trashed the ordinance, saying that it was "complete nonsense" and should be "torn up and thrown away".

Rahul`s outburst had given a chance to the Opposition to demand the PM`s resignation.