Rahul Gandhi ducks questions on the Justice JS Verma Committee report

In what came as a surprise to many of his colleagues, Rahul Gandhi Wednesday skirted queries about the party's stand on the Justice JS Verma Committee, maintaining his speech in Jaipur last Sunday reflected his "general sentiments" and he would not like to get into specifics.

For the first time after he was made Congress vice-president, he came to the party headquarters Wednesday to interact with office-bearers. He agreed to field a couple of questions from the media.

Asked whether his party and government are committed to a strong anti-rape law in the context of Justice Verma Committee recommendations, he said, "This is my first day in office. I don't want to get into specifics or details. You heard my speech. My general sentiments you understand."

Rahul's reluctance to talk about anti-rape law came as a surprise to many Congressmen who felt that it was an opportunity for him to make his stand loud and clear, given that he had faced a lot of flak for keeping silent for days after the Delhi gangrape last month. He had broken his silence and condoled her death about two weeks after the incident.

Rahul dwelt at length on what he thought about his party and politics. "The Congress is the best instrument to change things, to bring youngsters into politics," he said.

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