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Congress, NCP, RJD walk out of Lok Sabha over Modi jibe

New Delhi, Feb 9: The Congress, tiolist Congress Party and the Rashtriya Jata Dal on Thursday staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha over Prime Minister rendra Modi’s “raincoat” jibe against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, demanding an apology for it. Raising ths issue during Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said Modi’s remarks were unbecoming of a Prime Minister and “not good for parliamentary democracy”. Modi on Wednesday said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh knew the “art of bathing wearing a raincoat”, and triggered an uproar in the Rajya Sabha. “A Prime Minister should not use such language against a former Prime Minister,” Kharge said.

tiolist Congress Party member Tariq Anwar and Rashtriya Jata Dal’s Jay Prakash Yadav also protested against the Prime Minister’s remarks. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anth Kumar countered them, saying an issue of the Rajya Sabha cannot be raised in the Lok Sabha. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan agreed with Anth Kumar, saying the issue is related to the Rajya Sabha and it cannot be discussed here.

Not satisfied with it, the Congress members trooped near the Speaker’s podium and started shouting slogans against Modi and demanding his apology. The Speaker urged them not to disturb the house but the Congress members did not relent. Later, they walked out. The NCP and RJD members also joined them. (IANS)