Narendra Modi’s ‘Raincoat’ comment causes flames of accusation, Opposition demands apology

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Raincoat comment in Parliament turned out a serious attack on former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, which now seems to be dragged longer with Congress raising objection over the comment.

Mounting a virulent attack on Narendra Modi on his comment, Congress said those were in “extremely poor” taste and “unbecoming of a Prime Minister” demanding an apology from the Prime Minister on the House. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took micro blogging site to hit out Prime Minister.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament &the nation”. Rahul also said, “He demeans his position and himself more than anyone else. Today’s events were saddening and frankly; they were shameful”.

“It was in extremely poor taste. It is unbecoming of a Prime Minister to use such language against a former PM. We are very very disappointed and angry (with) what the Prime Minister said. We expressed our protest by walking out (from the House),” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said.

Targeting Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha said,”In this country, perhaps there will be hardly anyone from the economic field who has had dominance on the country’s financial affairs for half of the country’s 70 years of independence. Out of 70 years, for 30-35 years, he has been directly associated with financial decisions. So many scams occurred, we politicians have a lot to learn from Dr Sahab. So much happened, there is not a single blot on him. Dr Sahab is the only person who knows the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on.”

As Congress members created bedlam and staged a walkout, an angry Modi said, “If you cross the limits of decorum, then you should have courage to listen to the response. We have the capacity to pay in the same coin. We do so within the limits of decorum and boundaries of the Constitution. They (Congress) don’t want to accept the defeat in any form. How long will it continue?”

While Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said Congress won’t let Prime Minister to speak in the House until he apologizes to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said it is the opposition party which should apologize for disrupting the Prime Minister’s speech. Javadekar held out on the micro blogging site saying, “It was undemocratic on the part of #Cong members to repeatedly disrupt speech of @narendramodi in Rajya Sabha. Cong must apologize to PM,” the HRD minister tweeted.

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