Three days after Rahul Gandhi's blunt attack against the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday declared that the "whole party" stands behind Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"I want to tell them(BJP) that the whole party, the whole party stands behind our Prime Minister", thundered Sonia at a public rally, in a forceful defence of Manmohan Singh after she slammed the BJP for ridiculing the Congress and the Prime Minister.
"They (BJP) ridicule our achievements; they make fun of our party and our Prime Minister," Sonia said.
It was under Singh that all achievements of the UPA government had been made, she said in remarks which are significant as the Opposition seized on Rahul's public outburst against the Ordinance to say he had undermined Singh, that too when he was on an overseas trip.
Rahul's remarks that the ordinance was "complete nonsense" and should be "torn up and thrown away" had come under scathing attack from the BJP and other opposition parties, which saw it as a public censure of Singh.
"We are not afraid of the BJP. We are not afraid of any opposition party. We are not afraid of their attack. We shall continue in our path...we shall continue in our sincere efforts", Sonia said.
"....BJP divides people, we (the Congress) bound the people together", she said.
Sonia's assertion also came a day after BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in a scathing attack on Rahul accused him of committing the "sin" of insulting the Prime Minister when he was abroad.
Addressing a huge rally in Delhi yesterday -- his first in the national capital as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate -- Modi also tore into the UPA alliance alleging there were "governments within the government" which was affecting the country's overall growth and development.