New Delhi: Reacting a day after the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers was withdrawn by the Union Cabinet, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi admitted on Thursday that perhaps the language that he used to denounce the ordinance was wrong.
In an attempt at damage control, Rahul said, “My mother told me that perhaps the words I used were too strong.” However he added that he was flabbergasted by the ordinance.
Talking about the controversial ordinance, the Congress VP said, “May be in hindsight my language was wrong, but my sentiment was honest.
Ahmedabad: Rahul Gandhi today spoke for the first time about his scathing public review of the ordinance that was introduced to protect convicted MPs.
“My mother told me that the words that I used were strong. In hindsight, I feel maybe my words were wrong….but the sentiment i felt was not wrong,” the young vice-president of the Congress told reporters in Gujarat. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, is president of the Congress party. “I am entitled to voice my opinion,” he said, stressing that a large section of his party supported his stand.
The government withdrew the ordinance last evening, which Mr Gandhi derided as “nonsense” that should be “torn up and thrown away” at a press conference last week that was being addressed by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken. “I told him you can’t defend the indefensible,” Mr Gandhi said today.