SPEAKING in this town of Banaskantha district located on the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cited a “post” by “a former Pakistan army officer” to claim that the neighbouring country was showing undue interest in the Gujarat election. Modi also linked the “neech (lowly)” remark by Mani Shankar Aiyar, who was suspended from the Congress for it, to a meeting held at the latter’s place where Pakistani dignitaries were present.
Speaking at his first election rally on Sunday, a day after the first phase of polling, Modi said in Gujarati, “Pakistan former army director general Arshad Rafiq said that in Gujarat, Ahmed Patel (the political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi) should be made the chief minister. Why is Pakistan’s senior retired army officer exercising his brain in the Gujarat election? A Pakistan delegation meets at Mani Shankar’s house and the next day he disrespects Gujarat’s society, its pachat (backward) society, its poor and Modi.
Don’t all these things raise questions and concern? The Congress has to answer.”