Perception of PM Narendra Modi's remarks on Manmohan Singh 'mistaken': FM Arun

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

The stalemate in Parliament over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and others at a poll rally in Gujarat ended on Wednesday, with the government saying the commitment of the former Prime Minister was not questioned.

The winter session of Parliament, had seen daily adjournments and uproar by the opposition demanding an apology by the Prime Minister for insinuating that former PM Manmohan Singh colluded with Pakistan to sway the results of the Gujarat Asseembly Elections to the Congress' side. Any such perception is completely erroneous.

Acknowledging Jaitley's clarification and as if reciprocating a truce offer, the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Gulam Nabi Azad said, "We respect the sentiment expressed by leader of the house (Jaitley)".

Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the House, called Hegde's remarks unacceptable, and said it meant "we all who support secular thoughts are not born to their parents".

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.

In a post on social media, Mr Gandhi said, "Dear Mr Jaitlie - thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means". He claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's house over dinner on December 6.

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Members of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Communist Party of India and the DMK sought an apology from the Minister for insulting B.R. Ambedkar, one of the principal architects of the Constitution.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, the Government distanced itself from the Hegde's controversial remarks.

He had also reportedly said "we are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it".

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu denied the request for a discussion on the issue but allowed the opposition members to briefly make a mention about it in the Zero Hour. In the Rajya Sabha, union minister Vijay Goel tried to defuse tension by suggesting that the views not shared by the government.

A senior Congress leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the party would press for a debate on the harassment of the wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, on death row over espionage and terrorism charges in Pakistan, during their visit to that country.

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