National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah Tuesday ridiculed Indian Prime Minister Narendara Modi’s charge that Congress leaders had conspired with Pakistan to influence the outcome of the recently-held assembly elections in Gujarat.
“Pakistan koi saazish nahi karta (Pakistan doesn’t hatch any conspiracies)” Abdullah told media in New Delhi.
He was asked for his take on Modi’s allegation that his predecessor Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had met Pakistani officials over dinner and conspired to ensure BJP’s defeat in the Gujarat polls.
Abdullah said that Modi had himself gone to Pakistan for a meal during surprise visit to Lahore and attended former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s grand daughter’s wedding ceremony. “Did the Pakistanis conspire against him back then?” Abdullah quipped.
The BJP retained power in Gujarat following a high-pitched electoral campaign by both the Congress and BJP.
Without naming Mani Shankar Aiyar, Abdullah said Congress would have won Gujarat elections, had some of its leaders avoided using wrong words.
“I do not want to take any names, but if some people wouldn’t have said certain wrong things then the Congress would have won in Gujarat,” Abdullah said, suggesting that Congress lost due to Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
(Featured photo: File picture of Farooq Abdullah)