Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not casting his vote in the just-concluded Assam Assembly elections. He said, it was most unfortunate to know that the PM didn’t exercise his franchise.

During a function held at the Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar, the senior BJP leader said, "When the country is celebrating the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar who gave us the Constitution which grants the right to vote, it is very saddening to know that the PM didn't cast his vote in the election.'' PM and his wife Gursharan Kaur are registered voters from Assam's Dispur Assembly constituency.

Modi said, “Only giving floral tribute to Ambedkar is not enough. The tribute in true sense would have been exercising his voting power.”

However, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari in New Delhi said, “It is a baseless issue raised by the BJP and Gujarat Chief Minister. PM has many important engagements to fulfill.” He added that BJP wouldn’t gain any political mileage by raising all these baseless issues.

Countering Tiwari’s statement, BJP spokesperson Sitaraman Nirmala said that Modi’s approach towards the issue was absolutely correct and PM should have cast his vote as a responsible citizen.

(JPN/ Bureau)