People took to Twitter and other social networking sites to express their views on the issue. Comments ranged from people accusing Gandhi of undermining the prime minister to some saying that his reaction was due to an overdose of Bournvita.
Polls conducted by the Hindustan Times, sought the views of the readers on Gandhi's reaction. While a majority of voters believed Gandhi has hurt his image, about one-third of them believed that he has improved it. On the question whether Rahul Gandhi appeared stronger or weaker after criticising UPA government, most of the voters felt that he appeared weaker. Here are the results.