As the stalemate in Parliament over Modi’s colluding with Pakistan accusations against ex-PM Manmohan Singh comes to an end, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has taken a jibe at Prime Minister Modi and Finance Arun Jaitley.
Rahul Gandhi in a tweet shared a two-window video in which one side plays PM Modi’s speech in which he is accusing his predecessor and others of colluding with Pakistan and the other side shows Union Minister Arun Jaitley praising Manmohan Singh.
The text in Rahul Gandhi’s tweet read, “Dear Mr Jaitlie - thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha had clarified Modi’s election speech in which he accused former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari of colluding with Pakistan.
Jaitley in his statement said, "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."
The Congress, which was initially demanding Modi’s apology in both the houses of the Parliament seemed to be satisfied with Jaitley’s clarification.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, “Thank the leader of the House for clarification on what has been issue of contention. I, on behalf of my party, say that we disassociate from any comments made by any member during elections that may have hurt PM’s dignity, also we don’t want any such thing to be said in future.”
While disassociating from any comments that hurt PM’s dignity, Azad was referring to suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “neech” remark against Prime Minister Modi.
However, Modi was not present in the house when Jaitley made his statement.
Earlier in the month, Modi, while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Palanpur had accused Manmohan Singh, Hamid Ansari and other leaders of conspiring with Pakistan to win the assembly elections in his home state.
Reacting to his successor’s allegations, Manmohan Singh had said that he was “pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards” being spread by the Prime Minister adding that “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.”