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India PM Modi slams whispering campaign against top minister

Published on Aug 27, 2014 6:49 PM
 
Indian Home Minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Rajnath Singh (left), new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (centre) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose during the appointment of the party's president in New Delhi on July 9, 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014, denied reports that the son of a top minister was involved in influence peddling, seeking to staunch the type of corruption allegations that sent the country's last government to election defeat. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday denied reports that the son of a top minister was involved in influence peddling, seeking to staunch the type of corruption allegations that sent the country's last government to election defeat.

Mr Modi's office issued the rebuttal shortly after Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave an emotional statement to the media, saying he would quit public life if reports in recent days about his adult son proved to be true.

"The reports are plain lies," the prime minister's office said in a statement, adding that they "constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of this government."

Earlier, the Economic Times wrote that Mr Singh had complained to leaders of the ruling party that a ministerial colleague had been spreading false rumours against him. The report cited an unidentified senior source saying there was a "power struggle"in the party.

 
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