Again, Shah hits back at ex-PM on meeting with Pak officials

Elias Hubbard
December 15, 2017

Earlier this Sunday while addressing the Gujarat rally, PM had allegedly accused Congress and Pakistan were together conspiring against BJP.

Hours after that meeting, Manmohan Singh surfaced with a video message for PM Modi.

"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".

The sharply-worded message, which was virtually a repeat of his written statement released on Monday, provoked an equally strong backlash from the BJP, which questioned Singh's silence when "monumental loot" was taking place under his watch.

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 Prime Minister had alleged that the Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had hosted a dinner for the ex-foreign Minister of Pakistan and Manmohan Singh along with a few other Congress leaders and Pakistani delegates were present there.

He further said that Prime Minister Modi's remarks show that the BJP has realised it was going to lose the Gujarat elections.

The Congress tweeted: "Former PM Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress President-Elect Rahul Gandhi pay their respects to the martyrs who died protecting the Temple of Democracy in #ParliamentAttack of 2001". "Only after the secret meeting with Pak officials was exposed, respected Manmohan Singh ji said that the discussion was confined to India-Pakistan relations", Shah said, asking him why he had not apprised the government of the meeting. Shah took on Singh over Rahul Gandhi publicly tearing a copy of an ordinance cleared by his Cabinet. On Wednesday, Shah said the country missed Singh's "anger" when corruption happened under his watch. "Where was his concern for dignity of PMO then", the BJP chief asked. "Manmohan Singh is very angry these days". The Prime Minister had linked the dinner and the comments made by Aiyar a day after.

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