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Dismissing Rahul Gandhi's denouncement of the ordinance on tainted MPs/MLAs as a "drama", Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said it is a desperate "damage control exercise" which has come "much belated" and asked Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh to resign "if he has any self-respect left".
BJP also accused Congress of doing "opportunistic" politics and said such a "drama" was enacted ahead of elections and made "a mockery" of democracy.
"Mr Rahul Gandhi is really not new to this sort of drama. If you recall what happened during the Uttar Pradesh elections, the manner in which the lists were torn, we see a sequel of the same series.
"The sequel of the same series comes on the eve of 2014 elections and in that sequel we must understand that the Congress party is trying to project an image which is worth watching and that is a mockery of democracy," said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.
She said "if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has any self respect left, then I think he should call it a day because the supercop who can correct the system has arrived on the scene."
Lekhi said the "credit seeking and grandstanding" by Rahul Gandhi comes in the wake of the likelihood of the President not giving his assent to the ordinance and sending it back to the government.
Lekhi said today's remarks by Rahul Gandhi was a bid to project him even at the cost of the Prime Minister or the government and give him credit for all the good things ever done.
"The government can be wrong, the cabinet can be wrong and everybody can be wrong but the dynastic family can do no wrong and that is the Congress mantra," she said, adding "all the wrong things lie on the head of the Prime Minister and all the right things go to Mrs Gandhi's share."