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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 02, 2013
Launching a counter attack, top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Tuesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would have to take a call on whether he should continue in office without any “serious legitimacy” or quit after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi “rubbished” the ordinance on convicted lawmakers.

BJP president Rajnath Singh said if the Congress president Sonia Gandhi had any concern for the PM’s dignity, she should ask Rahul Gandhi to resign as Congress vice-president or seek apology for his statement on the ordinance on convicted lawmakers.

“I am surprised to read a statement of Soniaji where she said that the BJP made fun of the Prime Minister but the whole party is behind right behind him (PM). I would request Soniaji that there should not be any attempt of face-saving by your party. The person who made fun of the PM is the vice-president of the Congress, not the BJP,” Singh said.

Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said “It is for the PM to decide how he would like history to judge him... that he continued in office without any serious legitimacy?”