Opposition using PM’s name to be in news: BJP on Cong demanding apology

New Delhi: Hitting back at former union law minister Kapil Sibal for his remark that besides apologising to the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack the minister who had advised him to impose President’s rule in the hill state, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that it has become a fashion among the opposition leaders to rake up the Prime Minister’s name to make headlines.

Singh told ANI that it is ridiculous to demand an apology from the Prime Minister, who has nothing to do with the political crisis in the hill state.

“It is ridiculous who so ever says this betrays his total disregard for the norms of democratic propriety for the values of Parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister has nothing to do with whatever happens in a certain state and off-late it has become a fashion with some of the opposition leaders, whenever they want to make news or they want to steal some slot in the media, they hashtag or they try to link it with the Prime Ministers name,” said Singh.

“Whatever be the issue they would try to bring in Prime Minister Modi’s name which only goes on to prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi commands such a high credibility, such a high rating in the media that because they cannot make news on their own, they are not able to obtain a media slot on their own, they try to cash on the name of Prime Minister Modi to steel or borrow some slot in the media,” he added.

The Congress along with others opposition parties yesterday celebrated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) embarrassing defeat in Uttarakhand floor test.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP’s should take a lesson from its defeat and the Centre should stop misusing Article 356 to “murder democracy”.

The result of the trust vote was handed over to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover yesterday along with video recording of the proceedings in the state assembly.

The decision to revoke the President’s rule in Uttarakhand has created an atmosphere of jubilation in the state Congress camp. The Congress has stated it is a victory of democracy.

The Centre had imposed President’s rule in the state on March 27, arguing that the Rawat government lost majority when nine rebel Congress MLAs voted against the state government’s annual budget. (ANI)