New Delhi: The Congress party on Tuesday demanded clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his allegation on his predecessor Manmohan Singh over a ‘secret meeting with Pakistani officials’
The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said, “Manmohan Singh”>Dr Manmohan Singh ji’s integrity and loyalty to the country has been questioned. The prime minister should come in the House and make it clear.”
Amid Congress’ uproar in the Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said, “We will certainly invite all my colleagues, including leader of the opposition and try and discuss, find a solution to the issue.”
The Congress wanted a discussion on the issue under rule number 267 of Rajya Sabha’s rule book, but Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected all the notices.
During a poll campaign in Gujarat, Prime Minister claimed that Manmohan Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari had attended a secret meeting at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in Delhi in which Pakistani envoy and foreign minister of the neighbouring country also participated.
The prime minister said the former director general of the Pakistan Army, Arshad Rafiq, had insisted that Congress leader Ahmed Patel should be made the chief minister of Gujarat.
“The meeting had run for three hours and the next day, Aiyar called me “Neech” (low-born),” the prime minister said.