Hitting at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for taking swipe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not voting in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Assam, the Congress on Thursday said, he was habitual of raising issues which are completely “devoid of substance”.
“It does not require very much of intelligence to understand that a Prime Minister of the size of the country that India is, obviously has legitimate preoccupations. So I don’t think it really serves the BJP or the chief minister of Gujarat to really be raising issues, which are completely devoid of substance,” AICC spokesperson Manish Tiwari said.
Dr Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur are registered voters from Assam’s Dispur Assembly constituency, where polling was held on April 11. Earlier in the day, while using the occasion of B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, Mr Modi took a swipe at the Prime Minister for not exercising his franchise in the Assembly elections. “Today, when we are celebrating the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, I am pained to learn that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not vote in the Assembly elections in Assam,” Mr Modi is reported to have said in Gandhinagar. “Ambedkarji gave us the Constitution, and the Constitution gave us the right to vote. To know that the Prime Minister did not vote in the Assembly polls is a very saddening act for the people of the country,” the CM added. Asian Age