Govt, Cong find way to end impasse on PM Modi’s remark

RSTV Bureau

Arun Jaitley-Ghulam Nabi Azad

The impasse in Rajya Sabha over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh came to an end on Wednesday after a solution was seemingly arrived at between the treasury benches and Congress. The winter session has seen persistent adjournments over the issue as Congress MPs raised protest, often taking to the Well of the house.

The house, which met today after it was adjourned on Friday saw both the sides making brief statements to end the stalemate.

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said that the government doesn’t want the stalemate to continue on this issue.

“Let me categorically state that honourable Prime Minister in his statement or speech did not question, nor did he mean to question the commitment to this nation of either shri Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister or shri Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President. Any such perception is completely erroneous,” Jaitley said.

The Leader of the house ended his brief statement saying, “we hold these leaders in the highest of esteems as also their commitment to the nation”.

Thanking Arun Jaitley for his “clarification”, the Leader of the Opposition also said that Congress doesn’t agree with any statement which targeted the Prime Minister.

“If during the election any statement came from the leader of our party which was against the dignity of the high office of the Prime Minister, we disassociate with those comments,” Azad said.

In the heat of poll campaigning in Gujarat last week, Prime Minister Modi claimed that Manmohan Singh attended a “meeting” at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in Delhi, where some retired officials from Pakistan high commission were also present, and issues relating to Gujarat elections were allegedly discussed.

Since then, the issue has been raised by Congress disrupting the proceedings of both the houses in the current Winter session of Parliament.

The statements were made after post lunch, as Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments due to another protest over Minister of State for Skill Development Entrepreneurship Ananthakumar Hegde’s recent remarks.