"Now it is clear that there is a divide between the Congress-led UPA government and the Congress party," he said.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "Rahul Gandhi sochte hain iss desh ke sab log bewakoof hain. Khud hi ordinance laate ho, khud hi faadte ho (Rahul Gandhi thinks all people in this country are stupid. You bring the ordinance and you yourself tear it."
He further said: "Rahul gandhi kehte h adhyadesh ko faad kr fenko. Hum kehte h es adhyades ko lane wale netao or party ko ukhhad fenko (Rahul Gandhi says you tear and throw away this ordinance. I ask you all to uproot the leaders and party which brought this ordinance."
"Just met the President and told him that people r v angry wid the ordinance. We urged him to send it back," he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
However, the Congress came out in full support of Gandhi.
"We are with Rahul Gandhi," said Congress leader Rajiv Shukla.
Gandhi on Friday openly disapproved the ordinance meant to undo the Supreme Court's order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs, and said it should be torn and thrown away.
During a Congress press conference at Delhi Press Club, Gandhi made a brief appearence and said, "The ordinance is a complete nonsense. It should be torn and thrown away."
"We must stop making compromises," he said.
The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared an ordinance to undo the Supreme Court's order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs.
The ordinance aimed to allow convicted legislators to retain positions if the appeal against the conviction is admitted by a higher court within 90 days.
Earlier, the apex court had refused to consider the government's plea seeking review.
However, it had agreed to review its decision on whether a person in jail has the right to contest elections.
On July 10, the Supreme Court ruled that MPs and MLAs, facing criminal charges, if convicted, would stand disqualified from the date of conviction.
They will stand disqualified even if they appealed to a higher court.
The court had cancelled a provision in the electoral law, which ensures that convicted lawmakers cannot be disqualified if they appeal in a higher court within three months.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-09-2013)