'Congress itself insulted Manmohan Singh': BJP reacts to outrage over Modi's 'raincoat' jibe

BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Congress for expressing outrage and disrupting Parliament proceedings on Wednesday, over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "raincoat" jibe against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.

"Although it is a very old party, Congress is no more an ideologically-driven political party. It has become more of 'divinity for the dynasty' and 'devotion for the dynasty'," Prasad said a press conference on Thursday.

Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

Modi had targeted his predecessor Manmohan Singh, who had described demonetisation as "loot" and "plunder".

"So many scams occurred. We politicians have a lot to learn from Dr Sahab. So much happened, there is not a single blot on him. Dr Sahab is the only person who knows the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on," the prime minister had said.

Prasad also said that it was Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who had made the 'khoon ki dalali' remark against Modi after the surgical strikes.

"You are hiding behind the blood of our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in Jammu and Kashmir. Our jawans have given blood, they carried out surgical strikes. You are doing khoon ki dalali with the blood of our martyrs. Our army did what they were supposed to do. Now you do your work," Rahul Gandhi had said.

Prasad further said that Congress had insulted other leaders, including Manmohan Singh.

"There are two types of Congress leaders: The first type comes from the family; they cannot make any mistakes and their criticism cannot be tolerated," Prasad said sarcastically, adding that they were perceived to be "almost divine". "The second type comes according to the right time, get used by the party and are then abandoned," he said.

"Congress had misused Chaudhary Charan Singh. We have great respect for him. How did they behave with VP Singh when he raised the issue of the Bofors scam? What did Congress do with the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri?" he asked.

"Congress should take a look at its own house to see how it treated its own leaders," Prasad said. "Who had torn an ordinance and called it nonsense? Has he apologised for that?" he said, referring to the time when Rahul Gandhi had denounced a controversial ordinance in 2013 to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense".

"Manmohan Singh was outraged earlier. The prime minister had made a pun. But what was wrong with that?" Prasad said. "We saw a new low in the corruption index in India under the Manmohan Singh government. Under the Manmohan Singh government, there was the helicopter scam in the sky, Aadarsh scam on land, coal scam in patal, submarine scam in the water and Kerala's solar scam when it comes to solar energy," he said.

"Manmohan Singh, are you accountable for this or not?" Prasaid asked. "The so-called credibility of Manmohan Singh was abused by the dynasty to promote corruption and promote crony capitalism."

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017 15:22 PM

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