Vajpayee Would’ve Apologised 10 Times: Cong on Pak Meeting Remark
If he won’t apologise, PM should say he used Pakistan conspiracy remark to win Gujarat polls, said the Congress.
The Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the Constitution and the dignity of his office by not acting against those behind "conspiracy with Pakistan", a charge he made against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat poll campaign.
It said Modi should at least clarify his remark which he allegedly used to "win" the Gujarat election, saying had it been Atal Behari Vajpayee as prime minister, he could have apologised 10 times.
The party also alleged that Modi was trying to break the country and blemish the image of his predecessor. It earlier demanded an apology from the prime minister.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said opposition parties have demanded that the prime minister clarify the serious allegation he made during the Gujarat election about a "secret" meeting between the Pakistan envoy and an ex-foreign minister and Manmohan Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari and an ex-Indian Army chief.
Azad said had Vajpayee been there (as prime minister), “he would have apologised 10 times. It depends on who is the prime minister”.
If the prime minister is taking his words back, we will accept that too. Then he need not apologise. He should only say that he said it to win the Gujarat election.Ghulam Nabi Azad
Azad said PM Modi should state in Parliament that the BJP was losing in Gujarat and it had no other option but to "concoct" the story of "conspiracy with Pakistan", seek public sympathy and portray Congress leaders as anti-national.
The one who has levelled allegations, should explain. If there is truth in his allegations, the people concerned be punished. It is the culture of the BJP to abuse, call people anti-national, beat them, fire bullets at them. This has become an order of the day.
Congress Staged a Walkout
The Congress on Wednesday created an uproar in both the Houses of Parliament and disrupted proceedings. While the day's work in the Rajya Sabha was washed out, its members in the Lok Sabha staged a walkout and boycotted the lower house post- lunch.
"The prime minister is trying to break the country and blemish the image of good people," senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters outside Parliament.
If you had proof, you should have lodged an FIR against former prime minister Manmohan Singh and arrested him. You are tarnishing his image and questioning his nationalism. If the prime minister had proof, why did he not take the services of intelligence agencies if there was something anti-national.Mallikarjun Kharge
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