Published On : Thu, Feb 9th, 2017

In Parl, Cong, Left, JDU want PM to apologise for raincoat remark

New Delhi: Row in Rajya Sabha over PM’s raincoat jibe at former PM Dr Manmohan Singh. Lok Sabha adjourned till 11.30 am after opposition uproar.

The Congress says the PM’s remarks are highly objectionable.

The Congress has started reaching out to other Opposition political parties as well, especially in the Rajya Sabha, to get their support on this issue and to condemn PM Modis remarks. The Left and JDU are with the Congress in condemning the PM’s remarks.

Replying to the Presidents address in the Upper House on Wednesday, PM Modi had defended his demonetisation drive, and he sought to rip apart Congresss criticism on note ban by targeting Manmohan Singh, who had earlier called the decision a monumental blunder.

“So many scams but not a stain on him. Only Manmohan Singh knows the art of bathing wearing a raincoat, Modi had quipped in his Rajya Sabha speech, alluding to his clean image despite the many scams that happened under his watch.

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram immediately launched a scathing attack on Modi calling his comment harsh, ugly and in poor taste.

It is unbecoming of a PM to have such harsh, ugly statements about a former PM. We are very angry and expressed our protest by walking out. We could have rushed to the well and shouted down the PM, but that would have brought us down to the present PM’s level, he had said.