New Delhi, Dec 27: Facing opposition’s ire over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Manmohan Singh and Hamid Ansari during Gujarat elections, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the PM had no intention of questioning former PM and Vice President’s integrity towards the nation.
“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,” Jaitley informed the Upper House.
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.