In the latest among a string of controversial utterances that have heated up the Gujarat poll campaign, PM Narendra Modi made the stunning charge that Congress and elements in Pakistan may be working in cahoots to prevent a BJP victory in the state.
Speaking at Palanpur in north Gujarat on Sunday, Modi claimed that a retired DG of the Pakistan Army, Arshad Rafiq, wanted to see Ahmed Patel, political adviser to Sonia Gandhi, as Gujarat CM, and former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri and its high commissioner had met Congress leaders.
"While there are discussions in Pakistan about making Ahmed Patel CM, Pakistan's high commissioner, its former foreign minister, former PM Manmohan Singh, and former Vice-President (Hamid) Ansariji met at Mani Shankar Aiyar's house," the PM said. "The next day, a statement was made that Modi is 'neech'."
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