Manmohan Singh reiterates demand for PM Modi’s apology, Amit Shah questions his sudden ‘anger’

"Manmohan Singh is very angry these days. But the nation missed his anger when monumental loot happened under his watch," BJP chief Amit Shah said

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 13, 2017 8:23 pm
Manmohan Singh seeks Modi's apology Manmohan Singh said Prime Minister Modi, fearing ‘imminent defeat’ in Gujarat, was spreading ‘falsehoods’ and ‘canards’. (Express photo)

In what seemed a ploy by the Congress to score brownie points just a day ahead of second phase of Gujarat elections, the party released a video of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday where he reiterated his demand for an apology from Narendra Modi over his charge that the Grand Old Party was colluding with Pakistan to defeat the BJP.

In his statement, Singh said Prime Minister Modi, fearing “imminent defeat” in Gujarat, was spreading “falsehoods” and “canards” and was setting a dangerous precedent by his “insatiable desire” to “tarnish” every Constitutional office.

The reason behind releasing the video was obvious to one and all, prompting BJP chief Amit Shah to launch a counter attack. Shah asked why was the former PM silent when Modi was called “neech” and when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance in 2013. “Why was Manmohan Singh silent when PM of his country was called ‘neech’. Where was his anger when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance passed by his Cabinet? Where was his concern for dignity of PMO then,” the BJP chief asked.

When Singh had first spoken against the PM on Monday, most of the BJP brass, including Modi himself and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came out to counter him, laying bare the importance the party attached to the former PM’s statement. On Wednesday, Shah said the country missed Singh’s “anger” when corruption happened under his watch. “Manmohan Singh is very angry these days. But the nation missed his anger when monumental loot happened under his watch,” PTI quoted Shah as saying.

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Singh’s hard-hitting statement was in response to the Prime Minister’s reference at an election rally in Gujarat on Sunday to a “secret meeting” held on December 6 at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence to allege Pakistan’s hand in the Gujarat elections. Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood and former Army Chief Deepak Kapoor were among those at the meeting.

In an uncharacteristic attack on Modi, the former Prime Minister asked him to “show the maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he holds” and apologise for his “ill thought transgression” to restore the dignity of the office he occupies. “I reject the innuendos and falsehoods as I did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by 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,” Singh reiterated on Wednesday.

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  1. Gulabchand Shah
    Dec 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm
    PIDIS may go on a frenzy to vote against pro Modi comments but they will find out on 18 december that their efforts will not bear any fruit.
    1. Ashok Major
      Dec 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm
      Has Modi lost his voice that he needs Shah and jaitley to intervene Manmohan Singh is asking Modi to apologise for a grave insult.It is regrettable that other high and respected persons have not denounced Modi's insinuation that the dinner was a secret meeting for asking Pakistan to meddle in Gujarat elections.The dinner was attended by former vice president and army chief ,and retd diplomats and journalists.So is Modi asserting Former army chief was also involved.Without an iota of evidence Modi is raking up muck in the hope it will help him win the election Delhi,people were smart enough ,to reject all kinds of accusations against AAP ,and gave AAP 67 out of 70 seats.Hope Gujrat is smart enough to rubbish CDs and this latest attempt by BJP to tarnish Manmohans ,Vice presidents and former army chiefs re tion.BJP s attempt by Shah and jaitley , to brash it out inspite of ridiculous accusation ,must be a new low.Shah would not understand why an honourable man is reacting.
      1. Paritosh Pathak
        Dec 14, 2017 at 1:49 am
        "Shah would not understand why an honourable man is reacting." Wrong, Manmohan traded his soul and integrity for the PM office. He betrayed the Sikhs by supporting the mas murders of 2,000 Sikhs. Betrayed the nation by allowing loot of it's resources and closed his eyes. Betrayed the dignity of the office, by allowing Rahul Maino aka Rahul Gandhi insult PMO cabinet approved proposal by tearing it up in public. Manmohan may be component economist, but he is a traitor to Sikhs, betrayer to nation (allowed loot) and has no self respect. Judgement day will come and he will need to make peace with 2,000 murdered souls and millions of Indians whose hard earned money he helped steal. You are no gentlemen Manmohan. You are a coward and thief. No difference between the 2G criminals and you. Just that you don't drink, smoke and drive fancy cars. Otherwise you are as big a criminal as them
        1. Ashok Major
          Dec 14, 2017 at 5:29 am
          Was it 2000 who were killed in Gujarat riots ?Modi helped fan the fires which led to riots so that he could win the election.England, Europe,USA wouldn't issue a visa to Modi for 11 years even when he was sitting CM of Gujarat.There must be very few cases of Ministers being barred.The proposal that Rahul tore up was his finest moment and something he should be proud of.The proposal was to pass a law which would allow lawmakers to retain their seats even after conviction in criminal cases,or to enter parliament.Currently law does not allow people convicted of offences to retain their seats.Which is why Lalu had to place his wife as CM of Bihar in his place.All parties were willing to go along with this retrogade step as all had black sheep.Congress apparently wanted to help out Lalu ,who was an ally.Imagine having people convicted of criminal offence making laws.Get enough of them and they could pass any law suiting their interests including pardon etc. Rahul woke Congress conscience
      2. sahil khan
        Dec 13, 2017 at 11:22 pm
        Such are the times a right wing small time criminal is commenting on one of the morse respected statesman of the world
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          Bharat Maa
          Dec 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm
          why do not goon shah talk about his Son Jay Shah looting country.
          1. Ashok Major
            Dec 14, 2017 at 5:33 am
            Please don't suggest jay Shah looted the country.BJP neras are angels and could not possibly think let alone do anything corrupt. Didn't Jaitley say there was no substance and therefore no need for enquiry.Jaitley-- judge and jury.How nice if all cases could be put before jaitleyji for his order.
          2. Parshuram Gautampurkar
            Dec 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm
            I am sorry, he won`t. Had he deemed fit to seek apology from former PM ,he would have by now. His advisers would not allow him to do so. Parshuram Gautampurkar
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