Call it deliberate, but a rift has been created. Amid that, BJP leaders opine that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "should call it a day" and "resign", if he has "any self-esteem".
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said,"If the PM has any self-respect, then he should call it a day. Super cop (Rahul Gandhi) who can correct the system has arrived on the scene."
Calling it a "planned-strategy", she further added,""This has proved that the Government can be wrong, the Cabinet can be wrong, but dynastic politician cannot be wrong." Clearly, the opposition party leaders feel that Rahul is acting larger than life as he had not opposed the ordinance till now.
"The Congress is like a hydra-headed party, which speaks in multiple voices at the same time and can alter opportunity. The desperation to do damage control is apparent from the timing (of Rahul's outbursts). The Congress-led government first brought the Bill on tainted legislators and then an ordinance. Rahul's leadership was missing all this while," Lekhi said.
Criticizing Rahul's sudden appearance and disappearance in the press meet with Maken, BJP said,"The super cop that Rahul Gandhi is, he can materialise and disappear at his will as nobody is suppose to know the whereabouts of the first family as was witnessed in today's press interaction of Ajay Maken. It is a sad day to treat the post of the PM in a shoddy manner just before he is to meet the US President, but it's a big question whether Mr. Prime Minister will resign from the office as his self respect has been diminished."
Speculations in the party further indicate that Rahul's outburst was more of a face-saving act by the Congress, if the President rejected the ordinance.