Seaplane ride of PM Modi became a fodder for Opposition

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Shortly after Singh and Modi greeted each other at an event to pay homage to the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack, the acrimony simmering during the campaigning for the high-stakes elections in the Prime Minister's home state was out in the open again. "Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable", he said.

"I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies", the economist-turned politician said.

The former Pakistan finance minister said these allegations were a vote gathering ploy by Modi.

The BJP hit back at Singh with party chief Amit Shah and senior leaders including Piyush Goel questioning the former prime minister's track record when he headed the UPA government. The discussion was on Indo-Pak relations.

Singh put out a video message to attack PM Modi over his remarks insinuating that the Congress leader colluded with Pakistan in the Gujarat polls, and said it was unfair to question the nationalism of public servants.

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On December 10, at a rally in Gujarat, Modi had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the Assembly elections, claiming some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met a day before Aiyar made the "neech" jibe against him.

Wednesday's meeting holds significance as a war words ensued between the present and former prime minister, leading to a controversy amid elections to the Gujarat Assembly.

Reacting to Modi's claim that Pakistan was interfering in the Gujarat polls, Kasuri told a Pakistani TV channel that "it is a odd story with no basis. What else can I say?"

Singh attacked Modi over what he called the prime minister's "ill-thought transgression" and rejected his charge as "innuendos and falsehoods". "The monumental loot and plunder under his watch speak for him in abundance!", Shah tweeted. "The dinner was for the former Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khurshid Kasuri, who had come to Delhi on a private visit to attend a wedding", Singh said.

Earlier, on December 11, 2017, a "deeply pained and anguished" Singh had accusing PM Modi of spreading "falsehood" in a desperate bid to win the Gujarat election.