Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national Information & Technology in-charge Amit Malviya tweeted a video of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, in which he can be heard saying, “The Governments of Madhya Pradesh and governments of Chhattisgarh were very good.”
Malviya captioned the video as, “Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh contradicts Rahul Gandhi, says governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh were ‘very good’… Waters down everything Congress President has been saying over the last few days!”
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh contradicts Rahul Gandhi, says governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh were ‘very good’… Waters down everything Congress President has been saying over the last few days! pic.twitter.com/cLqCL0al7q
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 27, 2018
Malviya’s caption was directed at Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s recent rallies in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where he criticised the BJP governments for failing in bringing development and indulging in coruption.
The same video was put out by Priti Gandhi, national in-charge of social media, BJP Mahila Morcha, on her Twitter account.
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) November 27, 2018
However, it turns out, that the video put out Malviya and Priti Gandhi is a clipped video. Singh’s full statement has not been put out but only that part which suits BJP’s propaganda.
The video is from a book release function of former Union Minister Manish Tewari’s new book ‘Fables of Fractured Times’, in which Singh was one of the panelists in a discussion.
Singh was responding to a question regarding maintaining dignity and decorum at a time of polarised election propaganda, and said that PM Modi should exercise restraint on language when visiting non-BJP ruled states. He further said that when he was the Prime Minister he had cordial relationships even with the governments of those states which were not ruled by Congress.
He continued to say that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan can testify the same.
“My relationships with the government of Madhya Pradesh, the government of Chhattisgarh were very good. We never discriminated against BJP-ruled states,” were Singh’s exact words.
Listen to his full statement here:
A lesson for PM Modi on maintaining the dignity of his office. pic.twitter.com/JvUiXebnJF
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 27, 2018
So, Singh’s statement had nothing to do with praising of BJP governments in both the states. He was actually advising PM Modi to have control over his language while visiting non-BJP ruled states and not to discriminate against such states.