The BJP didn’t exactly apologise, but it said today that PM Narendra Modi didn’t mean to question his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s commitment to India when he accused him of colluding with Pakistan.
The BJP also said it holds Singh and former vice president Hamid Ansari “in high esteem”.
“PM in his speeches didn’t question, nor meant to question the commitment to this nation of either former PM Manmohan Singh or Former VP Hamid Ansari, any such perception is erroneous, we hold these leaders in high esteem, as well as their commitment to India,” said senior BJP leader and Union minister Arun Jaitley today in the Rajya Sabha.
Modi, during campaigning in the Gujarat Assembly polls, Modi had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the Assembly polls in Gujarat. The PM had claimed that during a dinner at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house, the guests, including Manmohan Singh, discussed the state polls with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mehmood and former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri.
The Upper House has been witnessing repeated adjournments over Congress’ demand of an apology or clarification from PM Modi on his allegations against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
Taking strong objection to PM Modi’s comments, Singh had asked the Prime Minister to apologise to the nation for alleging that he was conspiring with Pakistan for BJP’s defeat in the Gujarat polls. Rejecting the charge as “innuendos and falsehoods”, Singh said he was deeply pained by the prime minister’s “ill thought transgression“.