New Delhi, December 11: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged that Congress leaders including Manmohan Singh held three hour secret meeting with Pakistan officials at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s home, the former PM issued a statement and said that his track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone and no one including Modi himself, can lamely question it to gain lost political ground. Also Read - G7 Summit 2021: Leaders Pledge to Deliver on Vaccines, Climate; Call Out China on Right Abuses | 10 Points
Expressing anguish at the ‘falsehood’ and ‘canards’ being spread by PM Modi, the former two-term Prime Minister demanded an apology from Narendra Modi over his remarks. Singh said,”I sincerely hope that he (Modi) will apologise to the Nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.” Also Read - Modi Cabinet Expansion Buzz: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi to Get Ministerial Berth in Next Reshuffle? Take a Look at Likely Contenders
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Read his full statement here:
“I am deeply pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none less than Prime Minister, Sh. Narender Modi. Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly & regrettably, Sh. Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a Former Prime Minister and Army Chief.” (Also read: Stop Dragging us in Your Electoral Debate, Says Pakistan; India Hits Back)
“The Congress Party needs no sermons on “Nationalism” from a party and Prime Minister, whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism is well known. Let me remind Sh. Narender Modi that he had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur. Let him also tell the country the reason for inviting the infamous ISI of Pakistan to our strategic Air Base in Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan,” Singh’s statement read.
“My track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone. No one, including Sh. Modi, can lamely question it to gain lost political ground,” the former PM stated.
“I reject the innuendos and falsehoods as I did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar as alleged by Shri Modi. Nor was the Gujarat issue raised by anyone else present at the dinner. The discussion was confined to India-Pakistan relations. Names of the distinguished Indian public servants and journalists present at the dinner are enclosed to this statement. None of them could be accused of indulging in any anti-national activities. I sincerely hope that Prime Minister will show the maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he holds instead of concentrating his energy solely on erroneously conceived brownie points. I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the Nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies,” Manmohan Singh clarified.
Earlier in the day, the newly-elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi also took jibe at Modi’s comment and had said,”Jaise picture flop hoti hai, waise hi BJP ki vikas yatra flop ho gayi. Gujarat ka chunav ho raha hai aur Modi ji kabhi Japan, Pakistan, Afghanistan ki baat karte hain. Modi ji, Gujarat ka chunaav hai, thodi Gujarat ki baat karlo. (Like a flop movie, BJP’s ‘Vikas Rally’ has also flopped. The elections are happening in Gujarat and Modi ji is talking about Japan, Pakistan, Afghanistan. Modi ji, elections are happening in Gujarat, talk about the state).
On Sunday, while campaigning for Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the second phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 in Banaskantha district PM Modi had said that Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former vice-president Hamid Ansari held a three-hour ‘secret meeting’ with current and former Pakistani officials.
Pakistan had also lambasted PM Modi earlier and said the country should not be dragged into India’s electoral debate. “ndia 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.