1. Manmohan Singh slams Narendra Modi for spreading ‘falsehood and canards’: Full text

Manmohan Singh slams Narendra Modi for spreading ‘falsehood and canards’: Full text

A day after PM Modi quoted media reports claiming some Congress leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh recently "secretly" met Pakistani high commissioner in Delhi, the latter has issued a full-page clarification

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2017 5:30 PM
manmohan singh, narendra modi, gujarat election 2017, pakistan, mani shankar aiyar Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (PTI Photo)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted media reports claiming some Congress leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh recently “secretly” met Pakistani high commissioner in Delhi, the latter has issued a full-page clarification. “There were media reports yesterday about a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. It was attended by Pakistan’s high commissioner, Pakistan’s former foreign minister, India’s former vice president and former prime minister Manmohan Singh,” Modi told an election rally at Palanpur, adding, the meeting at Aiyar’s house continued for almost three hours/ Modi further said, “the next day, Mani Shankar Aiyar said Modi is “neech” (a vile man). This is a serious matter.”

“(On one hand) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other, Pakistani people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. After that meeting, people of Gujarat, backward communities, poor people and Modi were insulted. Don’t you think such events raise doubts?” Modi said. In his response, Singh has accused Modi of spreading falsehood and canards.

Here is the full text of Manmohan Singh’s reply to Modi:

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 Sh. Narendra Modi. Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly& regrettably, Sh 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 Sh 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 Pakistan Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan.

My track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone. No one, including Sh. 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 apologize to the Nation for his ill-thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.

These people attended the meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence, according to Manmohan Singh:

1-2: Mr & Mrs Mani Shankar Aiyar

3. Khursid Kasuri

4. M. Hamid Ansari

5. Dr Manmohan Singh

6. K Natwar Singh

7. KS Bajpai

8. Ajai Shukla

9. Sharad Shabharwal

10. Gen Deepak Kapoor

11. TCA Raghavan

12. Sati Lambah

13. Pakistan H.C.

14. MK Bhadrakumar

15. CR Gharekhan

16. Prem Shankar Jha

17. Salman Haider

18. Rahul Khuswant Singh

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  1. Aniruddha Das
    Dec 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    This is enough Congress. How much more you will sell the country for your own nonsense gain. One family and it's slaves are ruining the country.
    1. G
      Dec 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm
      With all due respect to all parti nts of the meeting what we wants to know what was discussed. If nothing significant was discussed then why the meeting at all in the fist place as any how Shri.Kasuri to speak to a gathering later in Delhi. As there is no simple answer is forthcoming we the public were forced to stand along with Shri.Modi
      1. B
        Dec 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm
        Necessity is the mother of Inventions- Poor guy feeling a loss of face he needs to invent some falsehoods. This guy is playing dangerous games all along - playing communities against one another. Instead of building a Nation at peace with itself it is being turned into one where criminals, rapists, thiefs are given a field time.

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