Jaitley hits back at Oppn, says PM entitiled to comments in Toronto

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2015 00:17 IST

Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments on Tuesday over certain comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent three-nation tour, which a united Opposition said affected the image of the country.

Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma raised the issue through a notice for suspension of business under rule 267 to discuss Modi’s remarks in Germany and Canada alleging that the PM lowered the prestige and dignity of the country, a contention which was supported by members from other opposition parties, including Sharad Yadav of JD-U.

The leader of House, Arun Jaitley, however, said if the comments of Prime Minister are discussed, the scams too will have to be discussed. “PM makes a statement we are trying to clean up decision making process - I understand Congress is upset with cleaning up,” Jaitley said.

Rejecting the opposition’s charge, Jaitley said the Prime Minister was “perfectly entitled” to say that his government will break away from what happened in last 60 years and give a clean government.

He also took potshots at both JD(U) and CPI(M) wondering whether they thought that India is not defamed by “acts of corruption” but by referring to those acts.

“I am surprised with this new-found dialectics of the morals of the CPI-M. According to this new ideology ...India is not defamed by acts of corruption. India is defamed only when you refer to the acts of corruption,” he said.

“If we discuss it, all scams that happened in last 60 years will be discussed,” he said.

Jaitley’s remarks came after Sharma said, “In Canada he said India was ‘scam India’... India cannot be a scam. There can be some mistake but country cannot be scam. He said it is dirt of 60 years he is responsible for cleaning. He reduced dignity of his post and he has insulted every previous PM. He goes out of the country as the PM of India, not as a BJP leader.”

Sharma was joined by Sharad Yadav, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, BSP leader Mayawati, Trinamool leader Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, and CPI(M) leader Tapan Kumar Sen who all objected to the language used by the PM during his recent foreign tours.

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