`Pained` to learn PM did not vote: Modi, Cong says no substance

Gujarat CM took a swipe at PM Singh for not voting in the just concluded Assembly elections in Assam.

Updated: Apr 14, 2011, 19:09 PM IST

Gandhinagar/New Delhi: Using the occasion
of B R 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 while speaking to reporters at a seminar
at the Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar.

"Ambedkarji gave us the Constitution, and the
Constitution gave us the right to vote. To know that the
Prime Minister 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 Prime
Minister, saying he was raising issues which are completely
"devoid of substance."

"It does not require very much of intelligence to
understand that a PM of the size of the country that India is,
obviously has legitimate preoccupations.

So I don`t think it really serves the BJP or the CM of
Gujarat to really be raising issues which are completely
devoid of substance," Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari
said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan
Kaur are registered voters from Assam`s Dispur Assembly
constituency, where polling was held on April 11.

Singh has been a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for the
last two decades.

PTI