New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has a knack to embarass the Congress. This time he took a jibe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the occasion of Ambedkar Jyanti for being absent from Assam on polling day.
"Ambedkar gave us our Constitution and on his birth anniversary, I have to say this with great regret that Prime Minister Manmohan singh, who is a registered vorter from Assam, has not cast his vote in the Assam assembly elections this time," said Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and both he and his wife Gursharan Kaur are registered voters in the Dispur constituency that went to polls on Monday.
The Prime Minister was in china for a summit on polling day and Congress tried to explain.
"The Prime Minister's contribution to nation building should be seen holistically. He has worked extensively for the development of Assam. The BJP and the CM of Gujrat should look for more substantive issues," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
The voters of Assam are feeling let down by the absence of the most famous voter.
"He should have been present in Guwahati...he should have encourged the people of Assam," said a person.
"It is very unfortunate for the state and for the whole country," said another person.
"It is his moral duty to cast his vote," said yet another person.
The verdict for Assam will be declared on May 13, and the congress is hopeful that the people will choose developmental work done by the party over this faux pas.