Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief at the “falsehood” and “canards” being spread by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “score political points,” on Monday. The former PM in a statement has said: “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”.
“I reject the innuendos and falsehoods as I did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Mani Shankar Aiyar as alleged by 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,” he said.
“Pakistan’s High Commissioner, former foreign minister, India’s former vice-president and India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh all met at Aiyar’s house, held a meeting for three hours, and then the next day, Mani Shankar calls Modi ‘neech.’ This is a serious and sensitive issue, being a meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner. Also, what is the reason for such a secret meeting amidst Gujarat elections?” Modi had said on Sunday.
Here’s full statement released by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.