India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claimed a "secret meeting" with Pakistani officials was held at Mani Shankar Aiyar's
residence and that former PM Manmohan Singh was part of the meet.
The Prime Minister, reacting to Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'neech aadmi' comment, is now tightening the
screws on the now-suspended Congress leader, and his party as Gujarat entered the last stretch of its high-stakes Assembly election.
PM Modi referred to some recent unverified reports, which he called "sensational", and claimed Aiyar met with the Pakistani High Commissioner
and "an ex-Pakistan Foreign Minister" at his home in New Delhi a day before calling him "neech".
PM Modi said that a former Vice President of India, "Hamid ANSARI" as well as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were
present at the meeting at Aiyar's house. The Prime Minister, who was speaking in Gujarati and with an apparent sore throat, did
not name the former Vice President.
However, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, speaking in Gandhinagar, while repeating the same claim said the Vice President
was Hamid Ansari.
1. Sensational reports have said that Aiyar met with Pakistani officials at his home: PM Modi
2. Ex-PM Manmohan attended the meeting, PM Modi also said, referring to the reports.
3. Why was such a meeting held day before Aiyar called me neech? PM Modi questioned
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seemingly buoyed by leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'neech aadmi' comment, is now tightening the screws on the now-suspended Congress leader, and his party as his home state Gujarat entered the last stretch of its high-stakes Assembly election.
Prime Minister Modi, on the other hand, focused on the meeting, which he said went on for three hours. "And, a day after the meeting,
Aiyar called Modi 'neech'.
"What was the reason for holding such a secret meeting, especially when an election is going on in Gujarat," PM Modi went on to say,
before he brought up another Pakistani angle.
"A former Pakistan army director general, Arshad Rafique, had said [Congress leader and a close Gandhi family aide]
Ahmed Patel should be the Chief Minister of Gujarat," PM Modi said without revealing what reports had made that claim.