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Debate: Credibility crisis for PM? - 2

by TIMES NOW 15:56 mins

Debate: Credibility crisis for PM? - 2

by TIMES NOW 15:56 mins

An unexpected and blunt attack by Rahul Gandhi on Friday (September 27) on the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers caused political tremors with his description of it as "complete nonsense" being seen as sharp criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Using tough language, Rahul made a rare and dramatic appearance before journalists to denounce the ordinance as "complete nonsense" and a document that "should be torn up and thrown away". Rahul's strong criticism during an unscheduled media interaction at Delhi's Press Club took place while the prime minister was sleeping in his suite in a Washington hotel, hours before his meeting with President Barack Obama.In a brief reaction later, the Prime Minister said in Washington that the ordinance cleared by the Cabinet has been a matter of much public debate. Rahul had written to him on the issue and also made a statement. "The government is seized of all these developments. The issues raised will be considered on my return to India after due deliberations in the Cabinet," he said in a statement. With Rahul taking a public stand against it and writing to the prime minister, there is little doubt that the fate of the ordinance, now before President Pranab Mukherjee, is sealed.In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Spokesperson and MP, Rajya Sabha, Congress; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha; Vinod Mehta, Editorial Chairman, Outlook; Hartosh Singh Bal, Political Editor, Open Magazine; Kumar Ketkar, Chief Editor, Daily Divya Marathi, Bhaskar Group and Bharat Kumar Raut, MP, Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena -- discuss whether, Rahul takes on Government on Ordinance. Will Manmohan Singh fall in line now?

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