He said rumours about alleged wrong doings by his family members have been floating around for the last fortnight.
“In the last 15-20 days, there have been continuous rumours in the air about me and my family. I thought rumours have no basis and these will end in some days.”
“But I am seeing that these rumours are gaining momentum day-by-day. I want to assure the nation that the day allegations, even prima facie or even small, are proven against me or my family, I will quit politics and public life and sit at home,” he said in a hurriedly called interaction with journalists outside his office in North Block.
The Home Minister said he has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and both of them have expressed surprise over the issue and termed the rumours as completely baseless.
The Home Minister’s reaction came in the wake of media reports that he was unhappy over rumours being spread by “a ministerial colleague” and “party rival” about his son Pankaj Singh being pulled up by the Prime Minister over some alleged misconduct.
The Home Minister denied that he has complained to the RSS about these rumours.
PMO rubbishes reports
The Prime Minister’s Office today rubbished media reports about “alleged misconduct” of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh, dubbing these as “plain lies, motivated and malicious attempt” to tarnish the image of the government.
“This has reference to reports appearing in a section of the media over the past several weeks, mentioning the Prime Minister, and referring to the conduct of some Union Ministers, and alleged misconduct of the Home Minister’s son,” the PMO said in a statement.
“Those indulging in such rumour-mongering are damaging the interest of the nation. These reports are strongly denied,” the PMO said.