The show of cordiality comes weeks after PM Modi, in the middle of an acrid campaign for Gujarat election last month appeared to insinuate that Manmohan Singh had conspired with Pakistan to attempt the BJP’s defeat in the state.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh greeted each other and
shook hands in the Rajya Sabha after the winter session of parliament ended on Friday. The show of
cordiality comes weeks after PM Modi, in the middle of an acrid campaign for the Gujarat election last
month, appeared to insinuate that Manmohan Singh had conspired with Pakistan to attempt the BJP’s
defeat in the state.
The Congress, aided by other opposition parties, had blocked parliament for days to demand that PM Modi apologises
to the former prime minister for the insinuation. “I am deeply hurt by the falsehood being spread,
everyone knows my track record,” Dr Manmohan had said in the video statement.
PM Modi didn’t apologise but the ruling party bought peace in parliament by a statement from Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley that the Prime Minister did not question, nor meant to question Dr Manmohan
Singh’s commitment to the country.
As soon as Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House sine die on Friday, PM Modi walked
over to the opposition benches and reached out to the former prime minister as well, warmly shaking
hands with Dr Manmohan Singh and speaking with him for a bit.
There was no word on what they spoke about.
But later, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar asserted that the session had gone off much
better than what many people had expected.