Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘raincoat’ remark against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on February 8 has said the Modi demeaned his position and himself more than anyone else.
Rahul, who is in Uttar Pradesh for campaigning for first phase of assembly elections in the state, took to his Twitter handle to express his views and wrote:
“When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament and the nation.”
“He demeans his position and himself more than anyone else. Today’s events were saddening and frankly they were shameful,” he added.
Earlier on February 8, Modi, while speaking on the motion of thanks to the President’s joint address to Parliament in Rajya Sabha, launched a surprise attack on Mammohan Singh, saying that politicians should learn from Singh how to maintain a clean image even after 35 long years of public life dotted with scams under his stewardship.
“For around 35 years, he (Manmohan) has had a say or a role in India’s economic policy and decisions. In these 35 years, we heard of many a scam, but he has remained free of any blemish.”
“There is a lot for us politicians to learn… so much happened he did not get even a taint. Only Doctor Sahab (Manmohan Singh) knows the art of bathing wearing a rain coat,” he said in a jibe, resulting to a huge uproar from Congress benches.
The Congress MPs walked out at this point, though Manmohan Singh himself did not budge from his seat.