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PM Modi must apologise, Manmohan reiterates this time in a video

Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:51 PM, News Network

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi:
Two days after issuing a written statement demanding from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise the nation for spreading "falsehoods and canards", Manmohan Singh on Wednesday reiterated the same in a video.

“I am deeply hurt by the falsehood being spread, everyone knows my track record,” Dr Singh said in the video posted using Congress party's official Twitter account.

Reiterating that Prime Minister Modi should apologise to the nation for "falsehoods and canards", the former prime minister and a world renowned economist, said Modi should show the "maturity and gravitas expected of his office".

In the video message, which appears a version of his written statement released Sunday, Manmohan Singh alleged that he was setting a "dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office".

The video comes hours before polling in the second and final phase of state election in Gujarat.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley soon after Manmohan Singh's written statement released on Sunday had rejected the latter's demand.

Manmohan Singh's outbursts came after Prime Minister Modi alleged that the Gujarat elections were discussed at the dinner senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer hosted for former Pakistan foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

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 said.


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