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Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2017

Only Dr Manmohan Singh knows how to bathe with a raincoat in the bathroom.” Says Modi

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maxresdefaultNEW DELHI : There was a volcano of laughter in Rajya Sabha when PM Narendra Modi took a dig at ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh over corruptions in UPA regime.PM Modi said, “Ek bhi daagh nahi laga un (Manmohan Singh) par? Bathroom mein raincoat pehen kar nahaane ki kala sirf Dr.  saab(MMS) hi jaante hain (there was not even one blot on him, only Manmohan Singh knows the art of taking bath wearing raincoat)
Soon after PM took this dig at Manmohan Singh, Congress MPs staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha. These comments by the PM came when he was replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Modi took on his predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, by stating that “there is not a single black mark against him despite all the corruption. Only Doctor Saab knows how to bathe with a raincoat in the bathroom.”
The remark references the many corruption scandals that erupted in the government on Dr Singh’s watch when the Congress-led coalition governed the country for two successive terms. Despite the swindles, the personal integrity of Dr Singh, a respected economist, is usually exempt from criticism and hard-sold by his party.

The BJP has repeatedly said he cannot be exempted from blame for the swindles over the allocation of coal blocks, spectrum and telecom licenses, among others.
“Such harsh and ugly comments are not acceptable. No PM has ever used such comments about a former PM,” said senior Congress leader P Chidambaram; the party’s MPs in protest walked out of the Rajya Sabha, where the Prime Minister delivered a lengthy speech, outlining his government’s commitment to fighting corruption and black money or tax evasion, in particular through his controversial decision to outlaw 500-and 1,000-rupee notes at just a few hours’ notice. Dr Singh, who was present, said he did not wish to respond to the PM.
In November, Dr Singh had, also in Parliament, described the PM’s abrupt demonetisation drive as “organised loot and legalised plunder.” Stating that he agreed with the need to attack the country’s vast shadow economy, Dr Singh had said the execution of the notes ban, which triggered a severe cash shortage, was “a monumental management failure.”

Today, the PM made it clear that the critique had stung. “If you use words like ‘loot’ and ‘plunder’ for us, we will pay you back in the same coin,” he said. Yesterday, the PM defended the notes ban in the Lok Sabha, where he attacked Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, who misguidedly said “SCAM”, when applied to his party’s actions, refers to “Seva, Courage, Ability and Modesty.”

The PM said that the attempt to “find Seva (service) in Scam” so distressed “Mother Earth” that an earthquake was the result. Hours before his speech, Delhi shook with tremors. And months earlier, Mr Gandhi had dispensed the argument that the government was trying to thwart him from speaking on demonetisation in Parliament, because when he did, “an earthquake will happen.” Wryly, the PM said yesterday, “the quake has arrived.”

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