Gujarat: Palanpur stays with Congress despite Modi’s allegations

Gujarat: Palanpur stays with Congress despite Modi’s allegations
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New Delhi: PM Modi invited huge condemnation from Congress as well as Pakistan’s officials when he made the most controversial statement in Palanpur constituency alleging Pakistan was trying to influence the assembly elections with the help of Congress, to which the Congress responded asking Modi to prove his allegations or publicly ‘apologise’ to the nation for his remark.

Well amidst allegations made against the Congress party, the Poll results revealed Congress’s contesting member for Palanpur Maheskumar Amrutlal Patel had won with a margin of 17,593 votes against BJP’s Laljibhai Patel.

PM Modi, while addressing a rally on December 10, reportedly claimed Pakistan is influencing the assembly elections and that Pakistani officials along with other congress officials had met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6, Indian Express reported.

Modi then said, “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.”

He continued saying the meeting continued for almost three hours, and “the next day, Mani Shankar Aiyar said Modi is ‘neech’ (a vile man). This is a serious matter.”

He asked, “(On one hand) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other, Pakistani people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. After that meeting, people of Gujarat, backward communities, poor people and Modi were insulted. Don’t you think such events raise doubts.”