As PM Narendra Modi gets set for 100th day in office, Rajnath Singh, son force BJP into serious damage control mode

Aug 27 2014, 22:18 IST
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SummaryNarendra Modi, BJP and the Rajnath Singh were today involved in damage control amidst apparent differences...

As they prepare to mark 100 days in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP and the Rajnath Singh were today involved in damage control amidst apparent differences at the top after embarrassing media reports that Home Minister's son Pankaj was ticked off by PM for an alleged "misconduct".

As opposition parties revelled in the discomfort of the ruling party, BJP President Amit Shah also joined the PM and Singh in condemning the reports saying "propaganda" against ministers is baseless and misleading.

Shortly after newspapers carried reports of Prime Minister's unhappiness over some alleged misdemeanour of Singh's son Pankaj and that he was warned about it, Home Minister Rajnath Singh sought to scotch the "rumours", saying he would quit politics if even "prima facie" it is proved that any of his family member had been involved in any misconduct.

An emotional Singh made a brief statement to the media saying 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 talked to Modi and BJP President Amit Shah about it and both of them expressed surprise and termed the rumours as completely baseless.

Simultaneously, the PMO also issued a statement, rubbishing the reports and dubbing them 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 statement said.

"The reports are plain lies, motivated and constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of the Government," it said.

"Those indulging in such rumour-mongering are damaging the interest of the nation. These reports are strongly denied," the PMO said.

The denials came in the wake of a media report that Rajnath

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