Modi’s ‘infiltrators’ remarks row: Many papers skip mention of what Manmohan Singh said in 2006

However, the Congress’s response to the PM’s speech and clarification on its manifesto got ample space.

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Meanwhile, the most read Hindi daily, Dainik Jagran, skipped any mention of Singh’s original remarks and his clarification. So did Amar Ujala.

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Among those that tried to offer a fact-check on what Singh actually said was papers such as Indian Express and Hindustan Times.

In a report on page 8, the the Hindustan Times noted, “While it was not clear what specific comment Modi referred to, a 2006 PMO clarification available on the archives showed that the government at the time had clarified that the former PM Singh had said that all underprivileged sections needed to be uplifted and therefore had the first right to resources.”

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The Indian Express, in the front page report that spilled over onto the second page, noted Singh’s remarks as well as his clarification. It pointed out that the Congress “did not comment on Manmohan Singh’s remarks”.

The Hindu noted that the Congress dared the BJP to show proof about the party seeking to redistribute private wealth among Muslims, but did not mention Singh’s remarks. It carried the Congress’s remarks as the lead report on the fourth page.

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The Telegraph, on the fourth page, noted that the Congress manifesto has “no reference to the Congress taking away people’s wealth, let alone mangalsutras as claimed by Modi”.


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