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Opposition slams Rahul Gandhi, asks PM to step down

Unleashing a strong attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who called the ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs ‘complete nonsense’, the BJP on Saturday hit out at him for disrespecting the office of the Prime Minister. ‘I would like to tell Rahul Gandhi to stop this drama. It is natural that this was a farce created to claim a belated moral ground without any foundation,’ said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

‘The issue impinges upon the integrity and respect of the office of the Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi has tried to signal that the government can do something wrong, but the family cannot do any wrong,’ he added. ‘Even after Dr Manmohan Singh publicly stated that he was willing to work under Rahul Gandhi after the 2014 general elections, Mr Rahul Gandhi has the audacity, has the temerity to call a decision taken by your (Manmohan Singh’s) cabinet headed by you utter nonsense, crossing the limits of civility. Prime Minister, what is  your stand?’ asked Prasad.

Prasad also mocked the ruling party who earlier claimed that Rahul Gandhi was their ‘game changer’ and said that even the opposition didn’t belittle Singh the way that his party’s vice president did on Friday.  ‘Your government is the most corrupt government in independent India, but we never cross the line of civility, even when attacking you. Mr Manmohan Singh, we never called you or your actions as nonsense,’ he added.

BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress sought to issue the ordinance on lawmakers in a hurry to ‘save’ its ally Lalu Prasad, in case he is convicted in the fodder case on 30 September. ‘If the ordinance is not issued before the 30th and if there is a judgement negative against him, then he will lose his membership,’ he said.

‘The belated blistering attack on the ordinance is a well orchestrated political stunt to salvage the image of the party,’ Naidu said. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan demanded the PM’s resignation in the wake of this controversy. ‘If the Prime Minister has even a little bit of shame and self-respect, then he along with his entire Cabinet, should immediately step down,’ Chouhan said while addressing his ‘Janashirwad Yatra’ in Piparia town in Hoshangabad district. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu also said that PM should resign if he disagreed with what Rahul Gandhi said on the controversial ordinance related to convicted lawmakers.

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