New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 11 December said that he was “pained and anguished by falsehood and canards being spread” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Gujarat elections unfold.
Singh accused Modi of setting a “dangerous precedent” with his “insatiable desire to tarnish” every Constitutional office, including that of a former Prime Minister and Army Chief.
In a statement, the former prime minister wrote:
Facing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of PM to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The Congress, on 11 December, said Narendra Modi was “demeaning” the Prime Minister’s office by alleging that Mani Shankar Aiyar conspired with Pakistan to interfere in the Gujarat Assembly elections.
Modi had accused a group of Congress leaders of meeting Pakistan’s High Commissioner at Aiyar’s residence before the latter called him “neech”. Modi said the meeting at Aiyar’s residence was also attended by former Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He added that the Congress party did not need “sermons on nationalism” and that Modi’s track record on fighting terrorism was “well known”. Singh asserted that he wanted to “remind” Modi that he had visited Pakistan “uninvited” after the attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur.
He also asked for the prime minister to “tell the country” the reason for inviting “the infamous” ISI of Pakistan to the Air Base in Pathankot following the terror attack.
Manmohan also wrote that he “sincerely hoped” that the Prime Minister will show “maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he holds and instead of concentrating his energy solely on erroneously conceived brownie points”.
Read full statement here:
Sharpest ever counter by Dr Manmohan Singh to @narendramodi ji. Didn’t the Prime Minister ask for it? pic.twitter.com/kXRPXlgPHA
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) December 11, 2017