Day after Narendra Modi’s humiliation of Manmohan Singh, is Congress running scared of PM?

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Updated: February 9, 2017 12:40:34 PM

Within hours of PM Narendra Modi using the 'raincoat in bathroom' analogy to humiliate former PM Manmohan Singh for silently presiding over the Congress-led UPA government during a period when some of the biggest scams in the country germinated, the Congress party has not replied...

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Within hours of PM Narendra Modi using the ‘raincoat in bathroom’ analogy to humiliate former PM Manmohan Singh for silently presiding over the Congress-led UPA government during a period when some of the biggest scams in the country germinated, the Congress party has not replied in kind to the barbs or otherwise sought to defend him in any way – no protests on streets or outside Parliament even! Aside from the perfunctory ‘condemnation’ and Rahul Gandhi’s ‘shameful’ retort, there has been no concerted effort by the Congress to restore some of the lost pride of the former PM.

While Congress MPs had walked out of the Rajya Sabha in protest even as the PM was speaking, and Manmohan himself had preferred to stay silent on the issue despite being questioned by the gathered mediamen, this low-key reaction is in stark contrast to what usually happens when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders attack Manmohan’s record as an honest man, untainted by any controversy whatsoever.

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On Thursday morning, when he was asked for his reaction on the Manmohan Singh ‘affair’ and whether they would be seeking an apology from PM Modi, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge provided a tame reply saying, “Let us see because this has been done in Rajya Sabha. I’ll consult others.” He added, a cursory reaction by saying, “Unfortunate that PM Modi used such language against former PM, condemn such statement.”

Reading between the lines, the conclusion to be drawn from the whole episode is that Congress at the moment is running scared. It has found, to its cost, that whenever it infuriates or upsets Modi through words or actions, he reacts in spectacular fashion that heaps humiliation and more on them. Unwilling to bear more such verbal onslaughts, it looks like the Congress is willing to tone down its defence of Manmohan – just to avoid another nasty encounter with the PM.

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