"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.

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"The reports are plain lies, motivated and constitute a malicious attempt at character assassination and tarnishing the image of the Government," it said.

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.

"Those indulging in such rumour-mongering are damaging the interest of the nation. These reports are strongly denied," the PMO said.

Will quit politics if misconduct by my family proved: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh on Wednesday scotched ‘rumours’ of misconduct on his or his family's part as he said he would quit politics and sit at home if such charges are even prima facie proved.

The Home Minister caught the eye of storm recently when reports emerged that his son Pankaj Singh reportedly demanded ticket guarantee for 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections after being denied party symbol in by-polls to Noida assembly seat to be held on September 13.


Rajnath Singh denied that his son wasn't fielded in the UP by-elections due to alleged misconduct

PMO denial came shortly after Rajnath threatened to quit politics and stay at home
Rajnath was reacting to reports which had said he was upset with Prime Minister
Both Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have termed the reports baseless
The PMO said that the reports about alleged misconduct were plain lies

"In the last 15-20 days, there have been continuous rumours in the air about me and my family. I thought rumours have no basis and these will end in some days,” Rajnath Singh said.
"But I am seeing that these rumours are gaining momentum day-by-day. I want to assure the nation that the day allegations, even prima facie or even small, are proven against me or my family, I will quit politics and public life and sit at home," he said in a hurriedly called interaction with journalists outside his office in North Block.

Besides, it has also been learnt from the sources that the issue was brewing in the NDA camp for past two weeks and the Home Minister was quite upset over it.

The Home Minister also said that he has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and both of them have expressed surprise over the issue and termed the rumours as completely baseless.

"I have told this to the Prime Minister and party president Amit Shah. They have expressed surprise over this and termed it as completely baseless," Singh said.
The Home Minister's reaction came in the wake of media reports that he was unhappy over rumours being spread by ‘a ministerial colleague’ and ‘party rival’ about his son Pankaj Singh being pulled up by the Prime Minister over some alleged misconduct.
On being asked who could be behind the floating of the rumours, he said that was something for the investigative journalists to find out.
On the possibility of a political rival spreading these rumours, the Home Minister parried a direct reply, saying, "I have nothing to say on this."
The Home Minister denied that he has complained to the RSS about these rumours.
"I have not talked to the Sangh on this," he said


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