Gujarat polls: BJP top guns Modi, Jaitley, Shah to vote in final

Gujarat polls: BJP top guns Modi, Jaitley, Shah to vote in final

Mnamohan Singh too issued a statement asking Modi to apologise for his "falsehood" and 'his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies'. Singh also asserted that Modi "is setting a risky 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.

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.

The election campaign in Gujarat saw many lows in tone and substance, but the charge made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a conspiracy was hatched by Pakistan to defeat the BJP in the state and that former prime minister Manmohan Singh, a former vice-president, a former army chief and many distinguished Indian diplomats are part of the conspiracy marks a particularly low point.

Not ready to cede any ground to the political rival, the BJP mounted a spirited counteroffensive, with its president Amit Shah questioning why he was "angry" now after being silent when "monumental loot" was taking place during his stint as prime minister.

"I am astonished. I had gone for dinner and I heard him saying that Pakistan is hatching a conspiracy", Kasuri, who served as Pakistan's Foreign Minister between November 2002 and November 2007, told Urdu language Samaa TV news channel. "Modi's government has not solved issues of farmers and other issues the country faces, but he is bringing the Pakistan angle as a diversionary tactic for Gujarat elections", Pawar said at a public rally - "Halla Bol" - organised by the Congress and the NCP in Nagpur on issues relating to agrarian crisis.

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi, who has been engaged in an often fierce battle of wits with BJP leaders over the Gujarat election, was also present at Parliament and appeared to share some lighthearted moments with Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Shah was responding to Singh's remarks earlier this week when he accused Modi of "spreading falsehood and canards" to score political points and sought an apology for his "ill-thought transgression".

The ex-PM advised the current PM to show the "maturity and gravitas expected of his office".

The Congress Party needs no sermons on "Nationalism" from a party and Prime Minister, whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism is well known. The Sena further said that even in Bihar polls, BJP's national president had brought in Pakistan.

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