Earlier on Monday, while defending former PM Manmohan Singh, Tewari asserted that Singh was 'not a weak PM', but Modi is an 'abrasive' one. He made the controversial statement at the launch of his book 'Decoding a Decade' at Punjab University.
Speaking to ANI, Tewari said, "Harish Khare, editor-in-chief of the Tribune, asked me to compare the working styles of the two Prime Ministers and also respond to the perception that Dr. Manmohan Singh was a weak prime minister. In reply to that, I said Dr. Manmohan Singh was not a weak one but the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an abrasive one."
"Looking at today's scenario, the current Prime Minister has brought the national discourse down to 'samshan' and 'kabristan'. So, where will communal harmony stay? This does not look good on his behalf by doing so. Seems like a low attempt. So, therefore, whatever I clearly said is not to hurt the sentiments of people, but just putting my opinion straight," added Tewari.