Rahul Gandhi proved to be a joker: Manish Sisodia

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said the Manmohan Singh`s government was "wrong" in clearing an ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification.

Updated: Sep 27, 2013, 17:42 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The act of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who on Friday said that Manmohan Singh`s government was "wrong" in clearing an ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from disqualification, has not gone down well with Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia.

Calling the impromptu appearance of Rahul Gandhi during a press conference at the Press Club of India as pre-planned, Sisodia said that he could just say `The poster was torn and the joker emerged`.

In what is being seen as a divide between the government and the ruling party, Gandhi on Friday said, in his opinion, the Ordinance should be "torn up and thrown away".

"What the government has done is wrong," Gandhi told journalists in the dramatic appearance this afternoon and a three-minute interaction with the media.

The controversial Ordinance has evoked sharp response from sections of the opposition and the public at large.

Seeking to project the Congress party`s line on the controversial Ordinance - sent by the Cabinet to President Pranab Mukherjee, Gandhi said: "It is time to stop this nonsense."

"My opinion of the Ordinance is that it is completely nonsense and should be torn up and thrown away."

He said the Ordinance was born out of "political considerations" and it was time "political parties, including mine, should stop making these kind of compromises."

Clad in his trademark kurta-pyjama, a bearded Gandhi said: "Whether it is the Congress or the BJP, we cannot continue make these small compromises. I am not interested in what any opposition leader says. I am not interested in what the Congress party is doing. I personally believe with what our government has done in this ordinance is wrong."

The de facto number two in the party refused to take any other question, indicating that he had just come to give his "personal opinion" on the Ordinance that was passed by the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday. The Cabinet took the decision a day before the Prime Minister left for a five-day visit to the US.

The ordinance is with President Pranab Mukherjee, who has already sought clarifications from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law Minister Kapil Sibal. The Manmohan Singh government has been facing flak for the Ordinance that overturns the Supreme Court ruling that barred convicted MPs and legislators from contesting elections.

(With IANS inputs)