The dissent is not that remarkable. It is the idiom of dissent that is startling. Rahul Gandhi, some 40 years junior to Manmohan Singh, described the executive decision of the Cabinet led by him as "nonsense", one that deserved to be "torn up and thrown out". In nearly a decade that Singh has served at the top, even the opposition has rarely deployed such a harsh language against the prime minister.
The only person who has spoken similarly about Singh publicly was Rahul's father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In 1985, he referred to the Planning Commission as a "bunch of jokers". Singh at the time served as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.