New Delhi 08 Jun 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has quoted wrong historical facts, bluffed about his achievements and was caught making false statements on many occasions in the past. Now, an RTI (Right to Information) reply by PMO on Modi’s remark, “Congress and Pakistan colluded to influence Gujarat elections,” points out that the prime minister made the statement without relying on a credible source.
“While information sought does not form part of records held by this office, it may be noted that inputs received from multiple channels, including formal and informal, form the source of PM’s statements,” the PMO said in its reply to the RTI query. The arbitrariness and opacity in this statement is alarming. The RTI was filed by Congress worker Saket Gokhale on December 12, 2017.
Gokhale told Quint that he had filed an RTI requesting the source for the prime minister’s statements because it addressed key issues of national security and the electoral process. Initially, his RTI was stonewalled. Then he appealed to the appellate authority, who ordered the PMO to answer. The PMO replied on June 7, whereas typically it should take up to 30 days.
The Congress party took a jibe at the PMO’s revelations saying, “No surprises here. We know PM Modi has a very vivid imagination.”
During his election rally in Gujarat’ Palanpur city in December, Modi had said, “There was a meeting convened at (Mani Shankar) Aiyar’s residence where Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Ansari and Manmohan Singh were present. The meeting lasted three hours.” ( PTI )