Rahul Gandhi's surprise attack catches PM Manmohan Singh off-guard

Written by PTI | Washington | Updated: Sep 28 2013, 00:26am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was apparently taken by surprise by Rahul Gandhi's attack on the ordinance on lawmakers but "will deal with the matter" only on his return to India next week.

The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's blunt denunciation of the controversial ordinance that seeks to negate the Supreme Court verdict immediately disqualifying convicted MPs and MLAs as "complete nonsense" happened in New Delhi while the prime minister was sleeping in his suite in the Four Seasons Hotel here.

Manmohan Singh's aides were woken up by the media seeking reaction to Rahul Gandhi's attack including the comment that the government decision on the ordinance, which is now before President Pranab Mukherjee, was "wrong".

No immediate reaction was forthcoming but PMO sources said that Singh would "deal with the matter" only on his return to New Delhi on Oct 1.

The PM Manmohan Singh's aides, who were preparing for Singh's meeting with President Barack Obama later in the day, went into a huddle after Rahul Gandhi's presser, but refrained from making any public comments.