An unfazed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today ruled out his resignation over Rahul Gandhi's carping criticism on the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers but appeared piqued over the manner in which it was done.
Singh also indicated that the government could have a rethink on the ordinance when he said that he would discuss the issue with Rahul, who wanted its withdrawal. "It is always possible to change one's mind."
"There is no no question of resigning," Singh said, rejecting Opposition demands and taunts that he give up the post after Rahul's attack that the ordinance was "complete nonsense" which should be torn up and thrown away.
Though he maintained that he does not get "upset easily", the Prime Minister said he would try to find out the reason why Rahul made a public statement and "why it had to be done that way".
"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 the reason why it happened that way and how do we handle it," he told journalists accompanying him on board the special aircraft on his way back home from the US after a week-long visit.
The Prime Minister's assertion ruling out his resignation comes in the wake of demands and taunts from opposition parties that the blunt attack by Rahul on the government amounted to an insult of him and undermining his authority, especially when he was on a foreign visit.
Singh said he would discuss the issue with Rahul and that "it is always possible to change one's mind".
He said he will also "take into confidence" his Cabinet colleagues on the matter.
Singh pointed out that the Ordinance, that seeks to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification, was discussed at the highest levels, including twice by the Cabinet as also the Congress Core group.
He referred to his earlier statement and noted, "I said I will put all these issues before my Cabinet colleagues. These are all matters which were discussed before the highest body, the core group of the Congress party. The Cabinet discussed this