BJP taking Parliamentary democracy towards dictatorship: Yechury on PM Modi 'raincoat' barb

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi[India], Feb. 8(ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cutting remark on Dr. Manmohan Singh, as unbecoming of a Prime Minister, adding that the ruling dispensation is reducing the Parliamentary Democracy to their own kind of 'dictatorship'. Responding to the Prime Minister's address in the House today where he took a dig at Manmohan's 'clean' record of 35 years as an economist, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told ANI that the former had acted in a manner unbecoming of his post. "This is completely unbecoming of a Prime Minister. This is not Parliamentary democracy and they (BJP) are taking it towards a level of their own dictatorship. They had an empty House except for the ruling party. Nobody was there when the motion of thanks was accepted. The honourable President would do well to consider whether to accept this motion of thanks," he said. Further asserting that is is not expected of a seating Prime Minister to speak in such disparaging language about a former prime minister, Yechury stated that the Manmohan should have been allowed to at least respond to what the Prime Minister was saying about him. Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi provoked a walk out in the Rajya Sabha with his scathing attack on his predecessor and veteran economist Dr. Manmohan Singh. Taking a dig at his squeaky clean record of 35 years of service as an economist, he accused the former prime minister of having a talent of 'bathing in raincoats', and getting away with the ugliest of scams. "Dr. Manmohan Singh has played a significant role in the economic system of India. In the history of India it is rare to find a man who has had a such a long relationship with the economy of India, 35 years of 70 years of independence.", Prime Minister said. He further added that in 35 years of service, so many scams surfaced, yet it marked no stain on Dr. Manmohan as an economist. "We leaders have so much to study as so much happened at the time, but there was not a single blot on him. This is a special skill Dr. Manmohan Singh excelled at and we should all learn this art of bathing in raincoat," he said. Meanwhile, an outraged Congress has threatened to boycott the Prime Minister in both the Houses of the Parliament until he tenders an apology to Dr. Manmohan. (ANI)