In November last year, former PM Manmohan Singh was perhaps the most critical voice against PM Narendra Modi when he spoke against demonetisation and criticised the government.
On Wednesday, Modi while addressing Rajya Sabha, finally retorted to Manmohan's "monumental mismanagement" speech, which clearly hurt more than it showed. The PM didn't answer with economic jargon or numbers to prove his case, but with a random barb.
“For almost 35 years, Manmohan Singh ji had a lot of influence on country's economic policies. Politicians have a lot to learn from him. So much has happened (corruption scandals) during UPA rule, but there is not a single taint on him. Bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on is an art only Dr Sahib can know of," Modi said.
Ek bhi daagh nahi laga un par? Bathroom mein raincoat pehen kar nahaane ki kala sirf Dr. saab(MMS) hi jaante hain: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
The remark was a reference to the many corruption scandals during Singh's tenure through which the former Prime Minsiter emerged unscathed.
Immediately after the PM's remark, there was ruckus in the Upper House, with Congress MPs protesting against Modi. They then walked out of the Upper House of Parliament in protest.
But the PM wasn't in a mood to apologise. Modi defended his words and said, "If they breach decorum, they should have the courage to listen to the response as well,"
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over PM's remark on Manmohan Singh pic.twitter.com/oqaJeIud6d— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Terming Modi's speech 'unacceptable', miffed Congress leaders criticised the PM:
Walked out as protest,such harsh&ugly comments not acceptable.No PM in past made sch comments about a former PM: PChidambaram on PM's speech pic.twitter.com/yJ7YZ1jitW— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Look at his arrogance, he chooses to speak when everyone else is done & then makes unsubstantiable allegations: Kapil Sibal, on PM's speech pic.twitter.com/zK8nic8vKk— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Main kis alfaaz mein iski ninda karun, mere paas shabd nahi hain: Ahmed Patel on PM Modi's remark on former PM Manmohan Singh pic.twitter.com/7gj2QqEg8c— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Meanwhile, Manmohan Singh refused to comment on the matter
I do not want to speak: Former PM Manmohan Singh on PM Modi's remarks on him in Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/d99QI1X9uf— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017