Rajya Sabha continues to witness protest with angry Congress party members pressing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology over his remarks against former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh. With other opposition members too joining in the protest on other issues, the upper house has already been adjourned twice on Thursday.
Outside the house too, Congress and BJP leaders continued to criticise of each other over the issue.
Modi `while replying to the motion of thanks in Rajya Sabha had hit back at Manmohan’s criticism of demonetisation, saying that despite so many incidents of corruption during the Congress-led UPA government, no taint had stuck to him (Manmohan Singh).
Those remarks had provoked an angry reaction from Congress members who staged a walkout in the midst of the Prime Minister’s reply in Rajya Sabha.
Other Opposition members — Left, Trinamool Congress and JD(U) – had also staged a walkout after the reply, complaining that they were unhappy with Modi’s statement and wanted to ask questions which were disallowed.
Later, mounting a scathing attack on Modi, the Congress party termed his remarks as one in “extremely poor” taste and “unbecoming of a Prime Minister”. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too criticised the Prime Minister over his remarks.
“When a Prime Minister reduces himself to ridiculing his predecessor-years his senior, he hurts the dignity of the parliament & the nation… He demeans his position and himself more than anyone else. Today’s events were saddening and frankly, they were shameful,” Gandhi had tweeted.
Taking exception to the remarks, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, “This is an insult of the House…we have never seen such arrogance. The Prime Minister should think that there is a stature to the post he holds and he does not know what words should be used…We will not tolerate this. We condemn the Prime Minister’s remarks. He should apologise to the House for this”.
Retaliating back, the ruling party instead sought Congress party’s apology charging the latter for disrupting the Prime Minister’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,” Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar shared on Twitter.
(With inputs from PTI)