New Delhi, December 11: Pakistan on Monday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the country should not be dragged into India’s electoral debate. The remarks came in the backdrop of Gujarat Assembly elections which is witnessing a close contest between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress.Also Read - Decide if You Want to Join Pakistan or Become an 'Independent State': Imran Khan to People of Kashmir
“India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” Dr Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, tweeted. Also Read - Maharashtra Rains: Red Alert for Six Rain-Hit Districts, Extremely Heavy Showers Expected; NDRF Deployed
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Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad backed the Prime Minister and said Pakistan should not give lessons to India. “Completely abhor outside interference in India’s internal affairs. Pakistan’s promotion of terrorism in India is well known but Pakistan must stop giving us lessons, we are proud of our democracy. Condemn this unwarranted statement,” Prasad said.
Pakistan’s remarks came after Modi alleged that the neighbouring country was interfering in Gujarat polls and sought an explanation from the Congress over its top partymen who are said to have recently met leaders from the neighbouring country. Addressing a rally in the poll-bound state, Modi also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan Army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made chief minister of Gujarat.
“(On one side) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other side, Pakistan’s people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house,” Modi had said.
Earlier in the day, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha attacked Modi asking him to focus on the poll promises rather than unbelievable stories in the run up to Gujarat Assembly elections. Without naming the Prime Minister, Sinha asked him not to ‘communalise the atmosphere’ and return to ‘healthy politics and healthy elections’.
“Just to win elections anyhow, and that too at the fag end of the process, is it a must to come up with and endorse new, unsubstantiated and unbelievable stories everyday against political opponents? Now linking them to Pakistan High Commissioner and Generals?! Incredible!” Sinha tweeted.
In another tweet, Sinha said, “Sir! Instead of new twists and turns, stories and cover ups, let’s go straight to the promises that we made, regarding housing, development, employment of youth, health, “Vikas model”. Lets stop communalising the atmosphere and go back to healthy politics and healthy elections. Jai Hind!”
The high-voltage Gujarat polls has witnessed allegations and counter allegations running between Congress and the BJP. Senior leaders of both the parties have been campaigning in the state leaving no stone unturned.
The first phase of Gujarat polls was held on December 9 which witnessed 68 per cent voter turnout. The second phase of Gujarat polling is on December 14. The results will be declared on December 18.