Government, opposition to discuss Modi remarks on Manmohan in RS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence was also demanded in the house. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 19, 2017, 09.57 AM (IST)

The government and opposition will discuss Prime Minister Modi's remarks on Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha. 

The upper house had been repeatedly adjourned on Monday with the opposition demanding an apology for the remarks. 

And the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. 

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After the impasse, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said he met informally with the opposition and treasury benches to figure out a way forward. 

At the meeting, it was decided that the issue would be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reportedly also assured the opposition that the government was open to discussion. 

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The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. 

Azad said a question mark had been placed on the dignity of the prime minister. 

He also demanded Prime Minister Modi's presence to explain the allegations. 

Media reports said Tuesday that Manmohan had met Naidu personally and told him about the allegations. 

Modi had, while campaigning in Gujarat, said Manmohan Singh, former Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, and former vice-president Hamid Ansari had met with the Pakistani high commissioner and former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and discussed the Gujarat elections. 

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