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Gujarat polls: Why does Pak Army ex-DG want Ahmed Patel as CM, asks PM Modi

Modi said Mani Shankar Aiyar called him 'neech' a day after alleged meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congressmen

Press Trust of India  |  Palanpur (Guj) 

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Modi on Sunday alleged was interfering in Gujarat Assembly polls, and sought an explanation from the Congress over its top party men who are said to have recently met leaders from the neighbouring country.

Addressing a poll rally here, the prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by the former director general of the Army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made the chief minister of Gujarat.

Modi said (former Congress minister) had called him "neech" (vile) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congressmen.

"There were media reports yesterday about a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar's house. It was attended by Pakistan's high commissioner, Pakistan's former foreign minister, India's former vice president and former prime minister Manmohan Singh," Modi said.

The meeting at Aiyar's house carried on for almost three hours, Modi said.

"The next day, said Modi was 'neech'. This is a serious matter," he said.

Modi added that Rafiq had backed Ahmed Patel as the next chief minister of Gujarat.

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"(On one side) Army's former DG is interfering in Gujarat's election, on the other side, Pakistan's people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar's house," he said.

"And, after that meeting, people of Gujarat, backward communities, poor people and Modi were insulted. Don't you think such events raise doubts," Modi asked.

He said the Congress should inform the people of the country what exactly it was up to.

Modi was speaking at the rally for the ongoing state Assembly polls. The second phase of polling in the north and central Gujarat, including the Banaskantha district, will be held on December 14.

First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 14:59 IST