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Senior BJP MP accuses PM Modi of 'planting stories' to win Gujarat polls

Monday December 11, 2017 2:48 PM, News Network

Shatrughan Sinha with Modi

Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Member of Parliament from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "fabricating stories" against the opposition to win Gujarat elections.

"Hon'ble Sir! Just to win elections anyhow, and that too at the fag end of the process, is it a must to come up with & endorse new, unsubstantiated & unbelievable stories everyday against political opponents? Now linking them to Pak High Commissioner & Generals?! Incredible!", Sinha wrote in a message posted on Twitter this morning.

Sinha in the scathing attack on Modi also urged him to concentrate on the "Vikas Model" which brought him to power in 2014 General Elections. Sinha also reminded Modi of the promises he had made before coming to power.

"Sir! Instead of new twists & turns, stories & cover ups, let's go straight to the promises that we made, regarding housing, development, employment of youth, health, "Vikas model". Lets stop communalising the atmosphere & go back to healthy politics & healthy elections. Jai Hind!", Sinha wrote.

Sinha's tweets came a day after Prime Minister Modi alleged that just a day before Mani Shankar Aiyar made the "neech" slur against him last Thursday, the Gujarat elections were discussed at the dinner he hosted for former Pakistan foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's visit.

Among others who attended the dinner include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari, Pakistan High Commisioner, former foreign minister K Natwar Singh, former Army Chief Deepak Kapoor, former diplomats Salman Haider, Satinder Lambah, TCA Raghavan, Sharat Sabharwal, Chinmaya Gharekhan and senior journalists including Prem Shankar Jha and Rahul Khushwant Singh.

The guests denied that domestic politics figured at all in discussions with Pakistani leaders after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge that Islamabad is trying to meddle in the Gujarat election.

"It was entirely devoted to talking about relations between India and Pakistan. Inevitably, cross-border terrorism came up and Kashmir came up but no one, I am 100 per cent sure, not a single person talked about either Gujarat elections or the domestic situation in India or for that matter, the domestic situation in Pakistan," Gharekhan told NDTV.

The Congress too said the Prime Minister's allegations are "highly irresponsible and outrageous" and has demanded an apology. The party's vice-president Rahul Gandhi said at an election rally today, "Modi-ji, this is Gujarat elections, talk a little bit about Gujarat too."

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