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