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The Opposition today targeted NDA government over media reports that claimed Home Minister Rajnath Singh's son had been ticked off by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged misconduct, with Congress questioning what the allegations are about.
Congress General Secretary and Media Department Chairperson Ajay Maken said that the Prime Minister's Office had tweeted to say that rumours against Rajnath Singh's son are plain lies.
"The strange thing is that when as opposition party Congress has not levelled any allegations against his (Rajnath's) son, so the country and the Congress party want to know Rajnath Singh ji,....Prime Minister you should first of all tell what are the allegations against the son, that you are denying," Maken told reporters here.
Referring to the Home Minister's statement that he would quit politics if any misconduct on his or his family's part is proved, he said the Congress party wants to know what the allegations are.
"With a lot of humility, the Congress party also wants to know from Rajnath Singh, that when it, the principal opposition party had not levelled any such allegations, then who has made these allegations," Maken said.
CPI leader D Raja said the clarification by the PMO and the Home Minister was "too late and too little" as reports have been appearing in national dailies for days together.
"Without any fire, there cannot be any smoke. It shows there are lot of things....there is internal strife....the politics is changing," he said. Raja said it is RSS which dictates what BJP should or should not do.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, however, came out in support of Rajnath Singh and said the Home Minister is spotless.
Similar views were expressed by NCP leader D P Tripathi.
"It is good that the PMO has clarified. I have known Rajnath Singh for so many years. He is not the kind of person who would even think of such a thing. Forget about doing it. Even his family members would never think of such a thing," said Tripathi.
Samajwadi Party (SP) also came in support of the Home Minister with party leader Gaurav Bhatia saying that "nobody has any doubts regarding the impeccable reputation Rajnath Singh has".
"But, at the same time, the clarification does not help, rather it complicates the whole issue. The clarification itself relies on rumours. So the greater question today that everyone is asking is that what were the rumours,"