Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at his successor Narendra Modi again on the eve of the second and final phase of the Gujarat polls, accusing him of spreading "falsehood and canards" to score political points and seeking an apology for his "ill-thought transgression".
After casting the vote at the Nishan High School, he showed his inked finger to thousands of supporters who had gathered outside the school in Ranip locality of Sabaramati constituency, amid chants of "Modi Modi".
As he got down from his vehicle, Modi greeted Singh with folded hands and extended it towards the former prime minister.
The former premier also asserted that Modi "is setting a unsafe precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former prime minister and Army Chief", and described it as sad and regrettable.
Earlier in the day, Modi had urged the people of Gujarat to come out and vote in record numbers.
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Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi, who returned to the national capital from the poll-bound Gujarat after a hectic election campaign, was also present at the Parliament to pay his tributes to those who lost their lives in the 2001 attack.
The second phase voting is underay in central and north Gujarat.
The first phase of polling for 89 seats in the 182-seat state assembly was held on December 9 with over 60% voting registered. Around 2.22 crore voters would be exercising their franchise on Thursday for 93 assembly segments.
So far, the campaign has witnessed a bitter battle between the Congress party and the BJP. There are 851 candidates in the fray. A total of 25,575 polling booths have been set up in 14,523 regions.
"Amused to see the Congress party so desperate before the Gujarat elections".