'PM Modi didn't question former PM Manmohan Singh's commitment to nation,' Arun Jaitley clarifies

We hold these leaders in high esteem, as well as their commitment to India, Jaitley noted. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 27, 2017, 10.56 AM (IST)

Union Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley spoke on PM Modi's remarks on former prime minister Manmohan Singh today at Rajya Sabha.

Jaitley clarified, "PM in his speeches didn't question, nor meant to question the commitment to this nation of either former PM Manmohan Singh or Former VP Hamid Ansari."

He called any such perception "erroneous".

"We hold these leaders in high esteem, as well as their commitment to India," shared Jaitley. 

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Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned previously over sloganeering by the Opposition against PM Modi's remarks. 

The Congress party had also staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha after seeking an apology from PM Modi over his remarks against Manmohan Singh for an alleged "secret meeting with Pakistani officials".

"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," PM Modi spoke at an election rally at Palanpur earlier this month.

Congress has strongly condemned PM Modi's remark, demanding his apology for the same.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri trashed Modi's allegations, calling them "baseless".