PM said he remarked on Dr. Manmohan Singh as he is targeted by oppn: Kharge

| Updated: Feb 10, 2017 01:02 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 9 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and questioned him over his remarks on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh. Speaking to ANI, Kharge said that Prime Minister Modi told him that he made a sharp remark against the former prime minister because even he was blatantly targeted by the Opposition. "I met the Prime Minister in the Parliament and asked him why did hemake the 'Rain coat remark? To which he replied that even you people comment against me, which is why I made the remark," said Kharge. Prime Minister Modi yesterday provoked a walk out in the Rajya Sabha with his scathing attack on 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 in reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address in Rajya Sabha. He further added that in 35 years of service, so many scams surfaced, yet it marked no stain on Dr. Manmohan Singh 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. However, the former prime minister maintained his trademark calm and chose not to respond to Prime Minister's statement. (ANI)
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