PALANPUR (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has alleged Pakistan was interfering in Gujarat assembly polls and sought an explanation from the Congress over its top party men who were said to have recently met leaders from the neighbouring country.
Addressing a poll rally here on Sunday, the prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan Army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel be made chief minister of Gujarat.
Modi said (former Congress minister) Mani Shankar Aiyar 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, Mani Shankar Aiyar 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. “(On one side) Pakistan 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 north and central Gujarat, including the Banaskantha district, was held on December 14.