Manmohan was not as strong as Modi in tackling terror: Sheila Dikshit admits, then clarifies

“Manmohan Singh, yes, I agree with you, was not as strong as and as determined as he (Modi) is. But there is also a feeling that he is doing it all for politics,” the senior Congress leader said in an interview to Vir Sanghvi for CNN-News18 channel.

Written by Newsroom Staff March 14, 2019 18:52

New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said that Manmohan Singh’s response to terror was not as strong as Narendra Modi, a startling claim which left her party red-faced.

“Manmohan Singh, yes, I agree with you, was not as strong as and as determined as he (Modi) is. But there is also a feeling that he is doing it all for politics,” the senior Congress leader said in an interview to Vir Sanghvi for CNN-News18 channel.

However, her remarks left the BJP pleasantly surprised as such endorsement of Narendra Modi comes from none other than three-time Chief Minister of Delhi.

She was responding when told that after the Indian air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, Modi would argue that when things like Mumbai attacks happened (in 2008), “we did nothing in return whereas he has offered a strong basket of response.”

Dikshit, a former three-time Chief Minister of Delhi, was also asked to comment on the “mood of national security” after the air strike and that “people will look to Mr Modi because he is a strong leader.”

In response, she shot back, “What do you mean by national security?”

‘My comments twisted’

As Sheila’s remarks became a political hot potato, she took to Twitter to clarify over the conversion. She called the ‘distorted remarks’ a political gimmick.

After the air strike, Modi has been questioning why the then UPA government did not respond as strongly after November 2008 attacks, in which 10 Pakistani terrorists targeted a number of places in the financial capital of India, and killed 166 people.

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