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No question of resigning: Singh
Publication Date : 02-10-2013
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday ruled out his resignation following Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's carping attack on him, on the issue of an ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers.
“There is no question of resigning,” Singh told reporters, asserting that he does not get “upset easily”, Indian news reports said.
The prime minister said he would be meeting Gandhi on Wednesday to discuss the issue. He said he would try to find out why Gandhi made a public statement and "why it had to be that way".
"I am not the master of what people say. It has happened and as I said when I go back I will try to find the reason why it happened that way and how do we handle it," he told reporters, according to a report in Times of India.
He was speaking to the media on his way back to the country, after a visit to the United States.
Sonia Gandhi, the head of India's ruling party strongly defended Singh on Monday, just days after he was criticised by her son, Gandhi, who is the ruling Congress party's second most important leader.
Gandhi, the country's most powerful politician said the Congress party firmly "stands behind" the prime minister after Gandhi branded the government decree "complete nonsense".
She attacked the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “making fun” of Singh and slighting the achievements of her party, which faces an uphill battle to win elections next year after almost a decade in power, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
The Ordinance, approved by the Cabinet on September 24, a day before the prime minister left on his US tour, has generated a huge controversy in the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee has refused to sign it, as well.
*with reports from Times of India and AFP