Manmohan Takes on Modi Again, Amit Shah Reminds Him of Sonia's ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ Remark
Manmohan Singh said he sincerely hoped that the prime minister will show "maturity and gravitas", as expected of the high office he holds, instead of concentrating his energy solely on scoring "erroneously conceived brownie points".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hand with his former counterpart Manmohan Singh during a ceremony to pay tributes to security officials who lost their lives in the 2001 attack on Indian parliament, in New Delhi. (Files/AP Photo)
On the eve of second phase voting in Gujarat, Singh put out a video message to attack Modi over his remarks insinuating that the Congress leader colluded with Pakistan in the polls, and said it was unfair to question the nationalism of public servants.
"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 (sic) Modi. Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable," he said.
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh issues a statement on the baseless allegations made towards him by PM Modi. pic.twitter.com/Vlqfjcgr5q— Congress (@INCIndia) December 13, 2017
He said he sincerely hoped that the prime minister will show "maturity and gravitas", as expected of the high office he holds, instead of concentrating his energy solely on scoring "erroneously conceived brownie points".
Strongly rejecting the "innuendos and falsehoods" made by Modi, Singh said he did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar as alleged by Modi and nor was the Gujarat issue raised by anyone else present at the dinner.
The former premier also asserted that 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", and described it as sad and regrettable.
"Let me remind 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," he said.
Hitting back at the former PM an hour later, BJP chief Amit Shah questioned why he wasn’t this angry when Congress chief Sonia Gandhi made the “maut ka saudagar” remark against Modi. “Modiji was the CM of Gujarat at the time, which is also a constitutional post. Why didn’t Manmohan Singhji display this much anger then? Where was this anger when Rahul Gandhi tore up a government ordinance (in 2013)?,” Shah said in Gujarat's Gir Somnath. In a series of tweets, Shah also questioned the “loot and plunder under his watch”.
We are seeing a very angry Manmohan Singh ji these days. We just want to ask him whether he was so angry when monumental loot & plunder was happening under his watch? The nation missed this anger then! — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 13, 2017
When it comes to respected Manmohan Singh ji’s honesty, I would not like to say anything. The monumental loot and plunder under his watch speak for him in abundance!
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 13, 2017
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