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Sep 30, 2013 at 05:43pm IST

Opposition makes fun of PM, we support him, says Sonia Gandhi

Mandya (Karnataka): Congress President Sonia Gandhi has finally broken her silence over the perceived insults to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Addressing a public meeting at Mandya in Karnataka, Sonia Gandhi said "Opposition parties make fun of our Prime Minister. But, we are with the PM. Congress is not afraid of any party. We support the PM".

This is her first public endorsement of Manmohan Singh after her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi openly attacked the Ordinance on convicted politicians.

Rahul Gandhi's public outburst against the Union Cabinet decision led to widespread criticism that the Congress' first family is humiliating the Prime Minister.

The opposition parties had demanded the immediate resignation of the Prime Minister. They also questioned Rahul Gandhi's locus-standi.

Sonia Gandhi was under immense pressure to make her stand clear. She attacked the opposition for spreading rumours and strongly defended her party and the PM. Sonia's public endorsement of the PM assumes a lot of significance under the present political circumstances.

Sonia was in Mandya to address a thanksgiving public meeting for electing the Congress in Karnataka in the last Assembly polls.

More than two lakh people had attended the meeting. Former chief minister SM Krishna, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Dr. G Parameshwar were also seated on the dais.

Earlier in the day, addressing a public meeting in Kerala, in an apparent attempt at assuaging Prime Minister's feelings in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's attack on the government, Sonia Gandhi praised Manmohan Singh, saying schemes launched under his leadership have helped millions of people from the marginalised sections.

"They (marginalised sections) faced discrimination at every level. The UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has lifted million of them through its flagship schemes," she said at a function.

The remarks came amid a political storm over Rahul's attack on the ordinance to protect convicted lawmakers which he described as "complete nonsense" and a document that "should be torn up and thrown away".