Smelling an opportunity to drive a wedge in the BJP and embarrass the government, the Congress questioned the ‘alacrity’ with which the Prime Minister’s office had responded to media reports about the alleged misconduct of home minister Rajnath Singh’s son. But it was unable to muster broad opposition unity on the issue.
Congress General secretary Ajay Maken said: “We would like to know very politely from Rajnath Singhji that when Congress as the main opposition party did not make any such allegation, who levelled these allegations against his son?” He also asked the PM to clarify what were these allegations.
The left echoed the Congress. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said it is evident that there were differences within the BJP. “How to solve this is the party’s internal matter. Now, they have to decide.” CPI leader D Raja was harsher, adding that the clarification by the PMO and the home minister was ‘too late and too little’. “Without any fire, there cannot be any smoke. It shows there are lot of things... there is internal strife... the politics is changing.”
But JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav came out in support of Singh, calling him ‘spotless’. UPA ally, NCP leader DP Tripathi also supported Singh, saying, “It is good that the PMO has clarified. I have known Rajnath Singh for so many years. He is not the kind of person who would even think of such a thing. Forget about doing it. Even his family members would never think of such a thing.”