After a furore over his statements on the UPA government being 'directionless', Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid today said that his comments had been misunderstood and were meant to be an encouragement to younger leaders like Rahul Gandhi to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.
Saying that his statements were based on the economic situation in the country, Khurshid said, "In that context my urging of the young leadership of our party to lead from the from the front, to take on the challenges of our time, should be seen in the right context, rather than in the negative context."
He said that the party was constantly maintaining a dialogue with the media on all economic issues and as part of that he had spoken to a newspaper. However, his statements had been misunderstood, he said.
He also said that such incidents would only force party leaders to abstain from making statements to the media or talking to them.
"I, on reflection, feel this (discussion about leadership) is something which we should restrict to within our party forum," he said
"If you (media) are unable to interpret statements properly then many other issues will be discussed only within the party," Khurshid said, adding that he would urge the media to give greater importance to more crucial issues.
There is nothing wrong is saying the younger leaders should take a more important role in the party, the law minister said.
When asked if he was happy with the leadership shown by Rahul Gandhi so far, Khurshid said, "There is no question of me being happy with him. He is my leader and he should be happy with me, not the other way around."
The minister said that if he didn't make my views public it is would be the media which could be affected in the short term and the party may be affected in the long term. Due to this it was essential to maintain an atmosphere that encouraged dialogue, Khurshid said.