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Controversy over PM Modi's 'raincoat' jibe unjustified: Rajnath Singh

India TV Politics Desk Lucknow 10 Feb 2017, 15:09:58 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh today slammed the Congress party for protesting over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘raincoat’ remark targeting former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Addressing the media here, Singh termed as ‘unjustified’ the controversy over Modi's jibe and said that the remark did not amount to contempt, suggesting that the Congress leader too had been unsparing in his criticism.

"He (Modi) did not commit contempt against anyone with his ‘raincoat’ comment. We all respect Manmohan Singh. It was just to point out corruption during previous UPA regime," Rajnath said.

"Modiji has in fact praised Manmohan with his comment as even after a number of corruption charges on the government, there was no blot on his (Manmohan's) image. The controversy is unjustified," he added.

The Congress and BJP are locked in fiery exchanges over Modi's remarks in Parliament, with the opposition party announcing his boycott during the remainder of Budget session and insisting on his apology for the "abusive" and "insulting" remark.

Rajnath recalled that the former Prime Minister had termed demonetisation as "organised crime" while speaking on note ban in the House.

"It means what government has done is organised crime. PM is the head of the government. If you go into detailed meaning of his (Manmohan's) statement, it will mean crime is being committed by criminal. Think where his remark is pointing out to," he said, adding, "We should not get into details of such trivial things."

To a question on bringing back underworld Dawood Ibrahim, Rajnath said the government had given all documents to Pakistan and attempts were underway to get him extradited.

On the 'triple talaq' issue being included in BJP manifesto, the minister evaded a direct reply saying the matter was sub-judice.