CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta too, hit out at the PM: "He has once again proved to be a shadow PM." The CPI(M), however, adopted a milder tone. Party's politburo member Sitaram Yechury said better sense has "finally prevailed" in the government as some parties had opposed the government's plan to bring an ordinance.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party slammed the UPA government for its U-turn on a "well thought out" decision. Party MP Naresh Agrawal said the cabinet's decision also signalled that "one individual is bigger than the government", in a jibe directed at Rahul Gandhi.