Modi’s raincoat jibe: ‘Angry’ opposition creates uproar in Parliament; demands apology

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New Delhi, Feb 9: The Opposition continued its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'raincoat' jibe for the second day in a row on Thursday. Both Houses of Parliament witnessed tension as the Congress-led opposition members demanded an apology from the government over PM Modi's 'raincoat' barb against his predecessor Manmohan Singh made in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Congress members staged a walkout from the Upper House of Parliament on Wednesday. Even leaders of Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam protested against PM Modi's 'shameful' remark.

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"It is unfortunate that PM Modi used such language against former PM Singh. We condemn such statement," said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

Replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Modi tore into the Congress and took on Singh who had described demonetisation as 'organised loot' and 'legalised plunder', saying 'the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on' is known only to the former prime minister as there is 'no blot on him' despite 'all the scams'.

Another senior Congress leader Anand Sharma condemned the PM and called his comments ''shameful''. Earlier Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and former finance minister P Chidambaram lambasted the PM for his 'ugly remarks'.

It is not only the Opposition that is demanding an 'apology' from the Union Government. Now, the Bharatiya Janata Party also wants an 'apology' from the Congress.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said it is the opposition party which should apologise for disrupting the Prime Minister's speech. Javadekar said that Congress should apologise for repeatedly disrupting Modi's speech. "It was undemocratic on the part of #Cong members to repeatedly disrupt speech of @narendramodi in Rajya Sabha. Cong must apologise to PM," the HRD minister tweeted.

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