Manmohan Singh returns fire: Former PM's counterattack on Modi justified?

Lester Mason
December 17, 2017

"This is a serious and sensitive issue, being a meeting with the Pakistan high commissioner".

Modi's comments had attracted strident criticism from Opposition leaders, including Dr Singh who had accused the Prime Minister of spreading "falsehoods and canards" and for "setting a risky precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office".

When the House reassembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) raised the issue of Modi's remarks at an election rally in Gujarat targeting Singh over a dinner meeting with Pakistani diplomats.

Modi had alleged in his speech that at a party hosted by suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and attended by former Pakistan foreign minister Mahmud Kasuri, the Gujarat elections and ways to defeat BJP were discussed.

"This is not an ordinary allegation".

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also hit out at Modi for dragging Pakistan into the Gujarat elections, saying that rather than talking about foreign countries in his election campaign speeches in Gujarat, the prime minister should say something about the state. One allegation has been levelled on former Prime Minister and former President.

"Where was his concern for the dignity of the Prime Minister's office", Shah asked.

That the bitterness between Singh-Congress and Modi had softened gained impression after footage emerged of the function in Parliament where the BJP leader and the former PM, along with other parliamentarians, met on the 16th anniversary of the Parliament attack on Wednesday.

Modi also asked the members to ensure the presence of ruling alliance members in both the Houses.

Earlier on Friday, Azad and SP member Naresh Agarwal raised the issue of disqualification of former JDU leader Sharad Yadav by the Rajya Sabha chairman. However, some restaurants did not pass the benefits of the GST cuts to consumers, he added.Small businesses should embrace GST even if their turnover was just a few lakh of rupees, the PM said, while stressing that the government was not eyeing revenues from them.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and senior ministers and leaders are members of the committee.

Referring to rumours about FRDI, PM Modi said that the government is working towards protecting interests and rights of depositors and the rumours are baseless.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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