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Rajnath-Jaitley rift out in the open with Singh offers to quit politics if allegation proved
28-08-2014

NEW DELHI: The rift between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance-Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in the NDA Cabinet has come out in the open on Wednesday with Singh pledging to ‘quit politics and stay at home’ if any allegation against his family are turned out to be true.

“If any allegation against me or any of my family is proved, then I will quit politics and stay at home,” Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

The Prime Minister’s Office also rubbished media reports about 'alleged misconduct’ of Singh’s son Pankaj Singh, dubbing these as ‘plain lies, motivated and malicious attempt’ to tarnish the image of the government.

The statement came in the wake of a media report that Rajnath Singh was unhappy over rumours being spread by ‘a ministerial colleague’ and ‘party rival’ about his son being pulled up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over some alleged misconduct.

The reports indicated that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is the one who is spreading rumours and Rajnath Singh has reportedly brought it into PM Modi’s notice.

“This has reference to reports appearing in a section of the media over the past several weeks, mentioning the Prime Minister, and referring to the conduct of some Union Ministers, and alleged misconduct of the Home Minister's son,” the PMO said in a statement.

“The reports are plain lies, motivated and constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of the Government,” it said. “Those indulging in such rumour-mongering are damaging the interest of the nation. These reports are strongly denied,” the PMO said.

Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to both Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and ‘both were surprised’ over the published reports and called it ‘baseless’. The BJP didn’t give a ticket to Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh who was seen as a frontrunner for an assembly by-election in Noida.