A day after he was widely condemned for his ‘lies’ accusing Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Former Indian Army Chief General (Retd) Deepak Kapoor among others of treason, Narendra Modi on Monday was seen slightly changing the track.
This was after Modi faced social media roasting for his lies with many accusing him of bringing the post of prime minister to utter disrepute. General (Retd0 Deepak Kapoor was the first to expose his lies when he said that there was no discussion on Gujarat elections at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house.
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’s statement said;
“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 Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan.
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 he will apologize to the Nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.”
Meanwhile, Modi addressed another election rally in Ahmedabad on Monday, when his focus had curiously travelled from Pakistan to America, England before sermonised Gujarati voters the efficacy of Yoga while also invoking Kumbh Mela and EVM. None of these issued were remotely linked to the development of Gujarat under the 22 years of BJP government.
During his long speech, Modi also once again sought to remind voters just how bad the UPA government was. A government he had successfully dislodged more than three years ago.
The second and the last phase of Gujarat elections takes place on 14 December with the counting of cotes scheduled for 18 December.