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Modi must apologise for outrageous statement on Pak interference: Congress

Modi must apologise for 'outrageous' statement, says Congress on Modi's 'Pak interference claim'

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

The Party on Monday came down heavily upon Prime Minister for alleging that Pakistan was meddling in the assembly polls and supporting leader Ahmed Patel to have him elevated as the chief minister of the state.

Dubbing Prime Minister Modi's statement as 'irresponsible' and 'outrageous', leader demanded an apology from him.

"Ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister was here to attend a wedding. There was a dinner organised for him in which there were former diplomats, former army chief among other dignitaries. Does the prime minister think they were all conspiring with Pakistan? This is reprehensible. It's expected of the prime minister to use a language which is equivalent to his post. He should retract his statement and should apologise to maintain the decorum of his post," Sharma said.

He further said that Prime Minister Modi's remarks show that the BJP has realised it was going to lose the elections.

"The Prime Minister has said Congress is conspiring with Pakistan for elections. Its outrageous. This is just an attempt to polarize ahead of second phase of voting in Gujarat polls.This also shows their desperation and that BJP's loss is now certain," he added.

Yesterday, while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Banaskantha, Prime Minister Modi alleged that former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique was helping Patel to become the Gujarat chief minister.

"Former Pakistan Army director general Arshad Rafique was backing and willing to help make Ahmed Patel the chief minister," he said.

The prime minister had also questioned suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former vice-president Hamid Ansari's meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has asked India to stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate.

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 14:50 IST