Delhi/ Kolkata: An outrageous Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, wrote a scathing letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today. In the letter he took on to the latter’s allegation that Pakistan is meddling with Gujarat election and that Congress leaders including Manmohan Singh and Mani Shankaer Iyer had held a meeting with Pakistan’s diplomats on December 6. The former prime minister not only claimed that the allegations made by PM Modi were baseless but asked for an apology from him.
“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. Narender 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,” Manmohan Singh started the letter. Making his pain and anguish evident.
He further claimed and reminded, “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. Narender 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.”
“My track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone. No one, including Sh. Modi, can lamely question it to gain lost political ground,” Singh continued.
He added, “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.”
He then went on to demand an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “I sincerely hope that Prime Minister will show the maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he holds instead of concentrating his energy solely on erroneously conceived brownie points. I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the Nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.”
It would be probably the first incident in independent India that, a former minister is seeking an apology from the incumbent. Political commentator, Rasheed Kidwai said the anger of “good doctor,” is personal.
“From Choudhary Charan Singh to VP Singh, to HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral, were all in a habit of criticizing former prime ministers but there was no instance of bitter personal feud or wild allegations,” he told eNewsroom.
Rasheed Kidwai also quoted John Dryden had famously said, “Beware of the fury of a patient man.” He then added, “Manmohan Singh’s anger is personal. The good doctor is outraged that how could anyone can level such allegations on him, when former vice president Abdul Hamid Ansari, former Major General Deepak Kapoor, and many other dignitaries and journalists were also present at that dinner.”