rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Khurshid in hot water over comments against Rahul

Khurshid in hot water over comments against Rahul

Last updated on: July 10, 2012 22:41 IST

Khurshid in hot water over comments against Rahul

     Next

Next
Onkar Singh in New Delhi

A controversy broke out over Law Minister Salman Khurshid's reported comments that Rahul Gandhi is only playing a 'cameo role' and the Congress is directionless, prompting the senior leader on Tuesday to clarify what he meant.

Seeking to clarify his remarks, Khurshid said they should be seen in a "positive context", and lashed out at the media for misinterpreting them.

Addressing a press conference after his reported remarks triggered a row, Khurshid sougt to distance himself from virtually every comment he made in the controversial interview, claiming that his statements on Rahul Gandhi and the Congress were being wrongly interpreted.

"Please ask the journalist what I said and what he wrote. You misinterpret and put question marks in order to run your television channels and newspapers," Khurshid said to newsmen at his residence.

Click on NEXT for more...



Image: Salman Khurshid


     Next

'You must see in the right context'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

"My party has to give strength to the government. The party is the base of the government and the party, despite the disappointments that it has faced in few places, is absolutely determined to ensure that we put the best possible step forward to face the challenge that we face today," he said.

"In that context, my urging of young and new leadership of our party to prepare themselves to lead from the front, to prepare themselves to take on the challenge of our times is something you must see in the right context rather than in the negative context," Khurshid said.

While talking to a national daily, Khurshid had said that the root of the problems plaguing the Congress was the lack of ideological direction from its next generation leader Rahul Gandhi.

Click on NEXT for more...




Prev     Next

'We should restrict this within our party forum'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

"Until now," he said, "we have only seen cameos of is thought and ideas like democratising elections to the Youth Congress. But he has not weaved all of this into a grand announcement. This is a period of waiting."

The law minister also said that the media's reactions will persuade him that he should not discuss these things in the presence of the media.

"I, on reflection, feel this (discussion about leadership) is something which we should restrict to within our party forum," he said.

Khurshid said those in the government and in the Congress are making constant efforts to have a dialogue with the media to make available the best information with transparency.

Click on NEXT for more...


Image: Rahul Gandhi


Prev     Next

'Please read this in a positive context'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

"But obviously, every time that we reach out to you, talk to you, it is for you to make a decision. Are you going to see that in a positive light? Or are you going to project it in a negative light," he said.

"My urging and my request to you is please read it (his remarks) in a positive context because we are determined as a government to face the global challenges that have an impact here as well and those local domestic issues that have arisen,
we will face them with confidence," he said.

Meanwhile, Khurshid's remarks gave fresh ammunition to the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to attack the government, with its spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad saying if a senior minister says his party is directionless, then the country is in a "drift".

With additional inputs from PTI

Click on NEXT for more...




Prev     Next

TOP photo features of the week

Prev     

Click on MORE to see another set of PHOTO features...



Tags: PHOTO , MORE , TOP

Prev