Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charge that Singh and some other Congress leaders had held a meeting with senior Pakistani representatives, including its high commissioner and former foreign minister, at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house and conspired to defeat the BJP in Gujarat state polls. “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 Narendra ..
“Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of the prime minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly and regrettably, 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,” Singh said.
The former prime minister, who was in office for two terms from 2004 and headed the Congress-led UPA governments, said Congress “needs no sermons on nationalism from a party and prime minister, whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism is well known”. “Let me remind Narendra Modi that he had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur,” Singh said.
“Let him (Modi) 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,” he said.
Asking Modi not to attempt to tarnish his track record, Singh said: “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. 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…”
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