Congress sources said this was the beginning of Gandhi's public assertion. In the past, it had been his quiet intervention that had prompted the government to modify some of its decisions.
The move to refer to the standing committee a bill that sought to amend the RTI act for keeping political parties out of it is one such instance.
His intervention saw the government expand the rural employment guarantee programme to the entire country from around 200 districts despite objections from the finance ministry.
In May 2009, Gandhi had taken everyone by surprise when he conceded that all political parties tend to misuse the CBI. "Every party in power can pressure institutions. Every government tries to push its people into such agencies. It is a fact, it is a reality of Indian politics," he had said.