New Delhi. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh is a man of few words. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprising allegations that some Congress leaders including a former prime minister were influencing the Gujarat elections by conspiring with a former Pakistan foreign minister has made the shy Singh go for a counter-offensive.
Making the allegations on Sunday in a public meeting in Gujarat, where the second phase elections will be held on December 14, Modi that the Congress leaders were conspiring with Pakistani leaders at a dinner hosted by suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar to prevent BJP from coming back to power in the state. The dinner was attended by Singh among others.
Launching a scathing attack on Modi, the former prime minister on Monday said that he was deeply pained and anguished by the “falsehood and canards” being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“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 to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister and Army chief,” Singh said in a statement.
Singh said that the Congress did not need sermons on nationalism from a party and prime minister whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism was well known. “Let me remind Modi that he had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attack on 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,” the former prime minister said.
Saying that his track record of public service to the nation over the last five decades was known to everyone, Singh warned that no one, including Modi, could question it to gain lost political ground.
Singh said he hoped that Modi would show the maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he held instead of concentrating his energy solely on erroneously conceived brownie points. “I sincerely hope that he will apologise the nation for his ill-thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies,” Singh said.