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Why Manmohan Singh used abrasive terms for Narendra Modi

The only occasion when the prime minister perked up during his otherwise somewhat insipid press conference was when he castigated Narendra Modi in uncharacteristically abrasive terms, thereby giving the latter a taste of his own
India TV News Desk January 06, 2014 9:01 IST
India TV News Desk
The only occasion when the prime minister perked up during his otherwise somewhat insipid press conference was when he castigated Narendra Modi in uncharacteristically abrasive terms, thereby giving the latter a taste of his own bitter medicine.

While doing so, Manmohan Singh virtually recalled the description by media personnel of the Gujarat chief minister as a "mass murderer" for his role during the 2002 riots. The prime minister's biting observation - that if being "strong" meant "presiding over the mass massacre of innocent citizens", it wasn't the kind of strength which he wanted - was yet another example of his combativeness.