Raincoat jibe: Congress should apologise to PM Modi for disrupting speech, says Prakash Javadekar
�When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament &the nation,� Rahul tweeted.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that it is Opposition, not PM, who should apologise for disrupting the Prime Minister's speech in parliament on Thursday.
Javadekar's comment comes at a time when Congress raised objection over Narendra Modi's raincoat jibe at his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Javadekar said that Congress should apologise for repeatedly disrupting Modi's speech.
"It was undemocratic on the part of #Cong members to repeatedly disrupt speech of @narendramodi in Rajya Sabha. Cong must apologise to PM," the HRD minister tweeted.
On Wednesday, PM Modi took on former prime minister Manmohan Singh in his Motion of Thanks speech in the Rajya Sabha.
Modi said: “For almost 35 years, Manmohan Singh ji had a lot of influence on country’s economic policies. There was not a single corruption charge against him, that too during the most corrupt government. The art of taking bath wearing a raincoat can be learnt only from Manmohan Singh.”
The Congress staged a walkout after the attack on the former PM. Singh himself refused to react. Congress leader P. Chidambaram said it was a comment beneath the office of the prime minister and that Modi should not have attacked Singh like this, and that on the floor of the House.
Reacting to PM's remark, Rahul Gandhi has called it "saddening and shameful." "When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor, years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament and the nation," the Congress Vice President tweeted, and added, "He demeans his position and himself more than anyone else."