"Modi's comment on Jayanthi Natarajan is in a very bad taste. (It) should be condemned. He only knows to abuse but doesn't give his vision," Singh said.

Modi had on Sunday made a reference to the removal of Natarajan from the Environment Ministry, saying for the first time he had heard of "Jayanthi tax", apparently referring to swirling allegations during her tenure.

"There was a storm over the Environment Ministry and all files were blocked. No file was moving without money. We had heard of income, sales and excise taxes but for the first time, we heard about a ‘Jayanthi Tax’ in Delhi without which nothing was moving,” he had said.

Natarajan, however, denied allegations levelled against her by Modi, saying the BJP leader was trying to target her as she has been very vocal against him in the past and had blocked two of his projects.

(JPN/Agencies)

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