'We are very very disappointed and angry with what the Prime Minister said,' Congress leader P Chidambaram said.
New Delhi: Hitting back at Narendra Modi, Congress on Wednesday said the words used by him in the Rajya Sabha against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were “extremely poor” in taste and “unbecoming of a Prime Minister” and demanded that he apologise to the House.
The Congress also dubbed Modi as “arrogant” and charged him with bringing the debate to “the lowest level”.
“Within minutes of his speech, he attacked the former Prime Minister in the most unacceptable manner. He said Manmohan Singh occupied various positions and one must learn from him how to take a shower wearing a rain coat."
“It was in extremely poor taste. It is unbecoming of a Prime Minister to use such language against a former PM. We are very very disappointed and angry (with) what the Prime Minister said. We expressed our protest by walking out (from the House),” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said.
The former Finance Minister said it was certainly unbecoming of anyone to say such “harsh and ugly” words against Singh.
Accusing Modi of “arrogance”, another Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, said that the Prime Minister has “insulted” the House with his remarks and he must apologise.
“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,” he said.
Targeting Modi, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “He is behaving in an arrogant and insulting manner against the opposition. He also insulted the former late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He has dragged the debate to the lowest level.”
Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi tore into Congress and took on Singh who had described demonetisation as “organised loot” and “legalised plunder”, saying “the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on” is known only to the former Prime Minister as there is “no blot on him” despite “all the scams”.
This provoked an angry reaction from Congress members who staged a walkout in the midst of the reply by the Prime Minister.