Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said that his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi had told him that his comment criticising the controversial ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers was strong.
While he said that in hindsight he would possibly agree with her,he added that the sentiment behind the remarks was not wrong and that he would be doing more of what he did last week when he walked into a Congress press conference and burst out against the ordinance.
Rahul also said he had a right to voice his opinion,a day after the cabinet bowed to his outburst and decided to withdraw the ordinance.
My mother told me that maybe the words you used were strong and in hindsight possibly Id agree with you… that maybe the words I used were strong. But the sentiment was not wrong, Rahul told reporters.
I am a young person and every now and then I say what I feel, he said when asked if he thought what he did was democratic. A large part of the Congress,he claimed,felt like he did about the ordinance.
Recalling the events of September 27,Rahul said he called Ajay Maken,who heads the partys communications department,and Maken told him he was defending the ordinance. I told him I dont think you can defend the ordinance,I will come and defend it for you, he said.
Certainly what I felt was that its very difficult for me to go along with this… and Im sorry what I felt inside disturbed you,thats fine,and its going to disturb you again,because what I feel is what Im going to say, Rahul said. Its amazing that anybody could say that what I was saying is wrong. I am flabbergasted.
Asked about the timing of his outburst as it came when the PM was abroad,Rahul said: I get excited… I get irritated. My mother told me,you shouldve used nice words,I said,yes mamma,youre right,I shouldve used nice words.
To me what I was saying was the truth. To me there is no timing for truth. Its the truth. Actually,I asked the PM and he said it was a non-issue as far as his work in the US is concerned. And he had a great meeting with Obama. The fact that it impacted his meeting with Obama is a news story,not a reality.
For me,the PM is someone I respect and I believe in the man. And I have done so for 10 years and I continue to do so,and the same relationship I have with the Congress president…I dont understand the timing-of-truth concept. I speak the truth when I feel like speaking the truth.