Congress demands apology from Modi over ‘insinuations’ on Pakistan links

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 11:- The Congress on Monday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise to former Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for insinuating that they were colluding with Pakistan to defeat the BJP in the Gujarat elections.

Perceiving a “clear defeat” in Gujarat, the Prime Minister was “frustrated and using foul language” to rouse sympathy for himself, Congress leader Anand Sharma said here, a day after Modi accused the party and elements in Pakistan of working together to defeat the BJP.

The Congress was reacting to Modi’s charge in a public meeting on Sunday in Gujarat that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “neech” remark came after a dinner at his house the previous day attended by former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, its current High Commissioner in India besides Ansari and Singh, among others.

“Today Prime Minister, in his frustration and perceiving a clear defeat, wants to divert the attention of people. PM should take his words back and to maintain the dignity of his post, should apologise.

“If he has any such information, then it’s a very serious matter… The country will not accept wrong means being employed by the ruling party to win the elections. We have full faith that the Gujarat electorate is intelligent and mature enough to understand the tactics behind yesterday’s address (by Modi) and will answer them in the second phase,” Sharma told the media.

He said nothing could be more absurd than what the Prime Minister had said on Sunday.

“It is expected of the Prime Minister to be dignified in his discourse, to always remember that he holds a high office and he should not level accusations, cast aspersions on those who have held high constitutional offices and have served India with dedication and commitment.”

Sharma said Modi’s insinuations against the former Vice President of India and former Prime Minister of doing something improper is “highly irresponsible, improper and condemnable.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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