Manmohan Singh pained, anguished by Modi's lies: Read ex-PM's fitting response

Prime minister has alleged a secret meeting was attended by senior Pakistan officials, former PM and former VP in Delhi to scuttle BJP from winning Gujarat.

 |  2-minute read |   11-12-2017
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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, Shri Narendra Modi. Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of prime minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly and regrettably, Shri 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.

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 Shri Narendra 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.

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My track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone. No one, including Shri Modi, can lamely question it to gain lost political ground.

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 apologise to the Nation for his ill-thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.

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Dr Manmohan Singh Dr Manmohan Singh

He is the former prime minister of India and a member of the Indian National Congress Party

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