India's Sonia Gandhi says she supports country's PM
AFPNEW DELHI--The head of India's ruling party strongly defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, just days after her son heaped embarrassment on him and his government over a move to protect convicted MPs.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Sonia Gandhi, the country's most powerful politician, said the Congress party firmly “stands behind” the prime minister after her son Rahul Gandhi, number two in the party hierarchy, branded a government decree “complete nonsense.”
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, on Friday slammed the decree which is meant to stop politicians convicted of serious crimes from being thrown out of parliament — a startling move that embarrassed Singh's government.
The decree seeks to overturn a Supreme Court ruling, that politicians convicted of crimes should be disqualified from office. The government has argued that the ruling was unfair, saying politicians can be convicted on “frivolous grounds.”