PM Narendra Modi's 'bathing with a raincoat' jibe against ex-PM Manmohan Singh marks a new low in the already deteriorated Opposition-Government dynamics in Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘bathing with a raincoat’ jibe against ex-PM Manmohan Singh marks a new low in the already deteriorated Opposition-Government dynamics in the Parliament. While the Opposition may not relent soon, until they get an apology from PM Modi, it is unlikely that the latter will cower down.
Having heard and survived a jibe like “organised loot and plunder” from the ex-PM after demonetisation, Modi took the war of words back to Congress, and one of its most “revered” politician Manmohan Singh, while speaking in the Raja Sabha on Wednesday. “Dr Manhmohan has played a significant role in the economic system of India. But during the most corrupt regime in the nation, there was not a single corruption charge against him. This art of taking bath wearing a raincoat must be learnt from Manmohan Singh,” Modi said, leading to Congress walkout from the Upper House.
With his comment, PM Modi did highlight the hypocrisy of the Congress successfully. During his 10-year rule, Singh turned a blind eye to a series of mammoth scams that shocked the country. He never apologised for them, nor did he protest or resign from the country’s top post.
Modi has been accused by the Opposition of degrading the Parliament by using such language against an ex-PM.
However, in the last three months, BJP and Modi has heard many things that shouldn’t have been said in the Parliament, including a “dog” remark by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. In his own style, Modi tried to say to the opposition, ‘look, you started it first’.
In the season of elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, BJP would now take Modi’s attack on Manmohan and Congress’ hypocrisy to the battlefield across three states where polls are yet to be held. For the record, BJP social media cell has already started sharing Modi Rajya Sabha speech and several leaders of the party have launched their own war of words against the opposition. But wait, in the process, the saffron party may get its own hypocrisies exposed. Some of them are here:
In the last three years of Modi rule, the NDA government has not been able to get any high-profile Congress leader get convicted on corruption charges. Though, cases are underway against top Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Singh.
Second, Modi claims to take along everyone in India’s development march. But, in the last three years, he, or his party, has not shown doors to many hatemongers within the saffron camp.
Third, PM Modi has appealed for a discussion on political funding and electoral reforms. He says that the BJP-led government is only for the poor of the country. But then, isn’t it also hypocritical that BJP has not taken any initiative on its own for coming clean on political funding. At least, the party can declare all its sources of money and then prove it is not in politics just for power, which it always claims.
India would love to see politics without hypocrisy. While the Congress is guilty, BJP has many fault lines of its own. And only speeches can’t convince voters in India.
(With agency input)