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‘Pained that PM didn’t vote’

Using the occasion of BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not voting in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Assam.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2011 23:33 IST
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Using the occasion of BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not voting in the just-concluded Assembly elections in Assam.

“Today, when we are celebrating the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, I am pained to learn that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not vote in the Assembly elections in Assam,” Modi said at a seminar in Gandhinagar.

“Ambedkarji gave us the Constitution, and the Constitution gave us the right to vote. To know that the PM did not vote in the Assembly polls is a very saddening act for the people of the country,” he said. “It is even more saddening on the birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” Modi said.

Congress hit back at Modi for targeting the PM, saying he was raising issues “devoid of substance.” “It does not require much intelligence to understand that a PM of the size of the country that India is, has legitimate preoccupations,” said party spokesperson Manish Tiwari.