Union Heavy Industries Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel today said that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's outburst over the ordinance on convicted law-makers was "embarrassing" and the situation could have been handled in a better way.
"I think the way the events have come out, it is very unfortunate. It could have been handled in a better way. It's embarrassing," Patel told reporters on the sidelines of the AGM of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce held here today.
"The decision has been taken by the Cabinet and only the Cabinet can reverse the decision," the minister said, adding, that it now depends on PM Manmohan Singh to take the call.
"The onus lies with the Congress (who) heads the coalition to clear the air of misunderstanding. The onus should not be put on other political parties," Patel said.
He said, earlier when the Bill was discussed, where he was present, all political parties had "almost unanimously agreed" to place it before the Parliament.
The only difference of opinion was whether to bring the Bill in either the Monsoon or Winter session or send it to the Standing Committee.
"Beyond that I did not see any difference among the political parties," Patel said.