Modi's 'raincoat in the bathroom' jibe at Manmohan Singh brought the House down
It was aimed at Singh’s unimpeachable reputation in a scam-ridden UPA-2.
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Our prime minister knows how to come up with the perfect sound bites - especially when he is in Parliament, the "temple of democracy". Taking the whole House by storm on February 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh with a sharp throwback to UPA scams.
In a well-packed punch, Modi said, “So many scams and yet his career is spotless. Only Doctor sahab (Manmohan Singh) knows the art of taking a shower with a raincoat on."
The jibe of course was aimed at Singh’s unimpeachable reputation in a scam-ridden Congress. While one may argue that the image is so because Manmohan Singh is a man of integrity, it is also worth considering the sheer improbability of the fact that Singh was unaware of corruption that spawned numerous scams under the UPA.Photo: Indiatoday.in
Rajya Sabha MPs from the Congress walked out of the House after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a direct attack on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the latter's remarks on demonetisation in his November 24 Parliament address.
While the Congress called Modi arrogant, accusing him of bringing the parliamentary discourse to “the lowest level” and demanding an immediate apology, social media was divided over the "raincoat" rhetoric.
Some were against this analogy.
PM Modi says Manmohan Singh wore a raincoat to avoid getting tainted. Perhaps he wore gloves to avoid bloodstains of 2002 Gujarat riots— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) February 8, 2017
hmm..So blood stained gloves tried to tear apart the scam tainted raincoat.— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) February 8, 2017
What does wearing a raincoat in the bathroom while bathing even mean? Isn't shauchalay=devalaya?— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) February 8, 2017
Some were rather impressed with Modi’s ability to present such a succinct picture.
Few BRANDS of Raincoat Manmohan Singh used are ... Coalgate 2G,CWG, Adarsh,Vadra,Harshad Mehta,Hasan etcBUT WITHOUT ANY STAIN Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/8ywkDpNNUM— Amitesh #BMJ (@Amitesh__Mishra) February 8, 2017
Reply of Manmohan Singh:In the long run we all will wear raincoat and take a bath.— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) February 8, 2017
Only MMS knows the art of bathing wearing a raincoat- Modi.. & only Sonia ji knows how much corruption they did while buying that raincoat— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) February 8, 2017
"Taking a bath with a raincoat on" is a perfect metaphor for MMS during UPA's scam-filled decade. Could extend it to St Antony & few others— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) February 8, 2017
Today again @narendramodi is inimitable in Rajyasbha. His comparison of raincoat and bathroom for MMS is superb. Congress is bathroom.Hahaha— Tapan Ghosh (@hstapanghosh) February 8, 2017
And a lot of people were just in it to make a joke.
PM Modi is wrong. The raincoat was needed to prevent damage to electronics inside.He won't understand, he is human.— Manmohan Singh (@ManmohanSiingh) February 8, 2017
Congress- Why Modi mentioned only Raincoat.. why didn't he mention Burqa or something..This shows his communal intentions.. Modi is Commuanl— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) February 8, 2017
Modi stole that Bathroom and Raincoat wala Joke from this man. 😢 pic.twitter.com/XO8R4HLT1u— TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) February 8, 2017