Raincoat row: Congress threatens to boycott PM Modi in Parliament, demands apology

PM Modi demeans his position and himself more than anyone else, says Rahul Gandhi

Raincoat row: Congress threatens to boycott PM Modi in Parliament, demands apology

After PM Modi's raincoat barb, Congress has threatened that it will not let the Prime Minister speak in the House on Thursday unless he tenders apology for using “ugly” and “unacceptable” language against a former PM, media reports said.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said Modi is behaving in an “extremely arrogant and insulting manner” towards the entire Opposition.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said PM Modi doesn’t come to the House to listen to anyone from the Opposition speak.

"Today, he was scheduled to come at 5 pm, but he deliberately did not come. He came to the House only after the last speaker of the Opposition had concluded. And then he begins his speech. Within minutes of his speech, he attacks the former Prime Minister in the most unacceptable manner,” Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, PM Modi lambasted Congress and former prime minister Manmohan Singh in his Motion of Thanks speech in the Rajya Sabha. “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,” he said.

Soon after PM Modi's remark, Congress party were outraged and staged a walkout. 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.

PM Modi's remarks came came a day after he mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha, saying the political earthquake promised by the Gandhi scion had finally arrived, referring to the Monday night's quake with its epicenter in Rudraprayag in  Uttarakhand.