Speaking about Modi as the next PM of India, Manmohan Singh said, "If by strong prime minister you mean that you preside over the mass massacre of innocent citizens in the streets of Ahmedabad, that is the measure of strength, I do not believe that sort of strength this country needs, least of all in its prime minister."
Continuing his statement, the PM also added, "Without discussing the merits of Narendra Modi, I sincerely believe that it will be disastrous for the country to have Modi as the PM."
It will be disastrous for the country to have Modi as the PM: Manmohan Singh
His remarks on Modi did not go well with BJP leaders and Modi followers. Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Sunday said, "The language which he employed was uncharacteristically sharp. I am saddened by it. There is nothing illuminating in what he said and normally prime ministers must not single out chief ministers and subject them to sharp criticism."
Other critics also asserted that Manmohan Singh's criticism against Gujarat CM ahead of Lok Sabha elections was "unnecessary". Meanwhile, people from the 'Jewel of the West' -- Gujarat, expressed their opinions regarding the current prime minister's statement against their CM.
Here are few reactions from people of Gujarat:
Paryank Kansara, Assistant Project Manager(IT): Modi is not dangerous at all. He has been elected as CM of Gujarat for three consecutive terms. If he had been dangerous, people wouldn't have voted him for so many years. In fact, increase of inflation and corruption in Manmohan Singh's government is more dangerous for the country.
Laxman Parmar: People are fed up with Manmohan Singh government. I believe that the country will be safe in his (Narendra Modi) hands. It doesn't matter whether the Congress wants or not, the people of the country want him.
Jahnvi Parmar, IT developer: Manmohan Singh feels insecure. Hence, he made such useless statements.
Prakash Tejani, Software Engineer: Let Indians decide whether Modi is dangerous or not. Lets wait for Lok Sabha election results. Modi has been elected as Gujarat CM for three consecutive terms. No 'disastrous' incident took place under his 15-year governance except Godhra massacre.
India has been facing threat for unemployment, inflation, curruption and foreign policy under Congress rule and not for Modi.
Gaurav Gaur, Software Engineer: PM's statement on Modi clearly proved that Congress has already accepted their defeat even before the Lok Sabha election which is expected to be held by May 2014. Hence, they have been trying to stop their one of the biggest threats -- Narendra Modi.
PM has lost all rights to ask for votes for Congress in upcoming general elections. Instead of speaking about his own achievements Mr PM is talking about Modi!