'Narendra Modi went to Pakistan uninvited after terror attacks': Full text of Manmohan Singh's statement

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress leaders of having a "secret meeting" at Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence, alleged that Pakistan was interfering in Gujarat Assembly elections and asked why former prime minister Manmohan Singh did not "show the courage to order a surgical strike post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, despite the readiness of the army",  Singh released a statement responding to Modi.

Here is the full text of Singh's statement:

“I am deeply pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards being spread to score political points in a lost cause by none less than Prime Minister, Sh. Narender Modi. Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly & regrettably, Sh. Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a Former Prime Minister and Army Chief.

File image of Congress leader Manmohan Singh. PTI

File image of Manmohan Singh. PTI

The Congress Party needs no sermons on “Nationalism” from a party and Prime Minister, whose compromised track record on fighting terrorism is well known. Let me remind Sh. Narender Modi that he had gone to Pakistan uninvited after the terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur. Let him also tell the country the reason for inviting the infamous ISI of Pakistan to our strategic Air Base in Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan.

My track record of public service to the country over last five decades is known to everyone. No one, including Sh. Modi, can lamely question it to gain lost political ground.

I reject the innuendos and falsehoods as I did not discuss Gujarat elections with anyone else at the dinner hosted by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar as alleged by Shri Modi. Nor was the Gujarat issue raised by anyone else present at the dinner. The discussion was confined to India-Pakistan relations. Names of the distinguished Indian public servants and journalists present at the dinner are enclosed to this statement. None of them could be accused of indulging in any anti-national activities.

I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the Nation for his ill-thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies.”

Note: The above text has been taken directly from the official Twitter handle of Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and has not been edited for content or style by Firstpost.

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2017 18:24 PM

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