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The Prime Minister in his speeches didn't question, nor meant to question the

commitment to this nation of either former PM Manmohan Singh or Former VP Hamid


Ansari, any such perception is erroneous, we hold these leaders in high esteem, as well
as their commitment to India," said Arun Jaitley in his statement.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party is "satisfied", adding, "I thank leader of the house for
clarification on what has been an issue of contention. I, on behalf of my party, say that
we disassociate from any comments made by any member during elections that may
have hurt PM's dignity and we also don't want any such thing to be said in the future."
He was seen to refer to suspended Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech"
comment against PM Modi earlier this month.

The Congress and Dr Singh were deeply shocked and hurt and PM Modi's remark and asked for an apology.

The short statements came after hectic week-long efforts to find a solution to the
impasse over the opposition's demand that PM Modi apologise and explain his
allegation that Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders had conspired with
Pakistanis at a dinner party to try and ensure a BJP defeat in the Gujarat elections.
Former vice president Hamid Ansari was also present at the dinner, hosted by
suspended Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Since parliament's delayed and shortened winter session began, both houses have
been continuously disrupted as the opposition raised slogans demanding the PM's
apology. The government has been equally adamant that PM Modi would not apologise
or even explain his comments.
Senior BJP leaders said minister of state for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel played a
key role as he took the initiative last week to try and break the deadlock. He first met Dr
Manmohan Singh, and told him that PM Modi had not spoken against him, the sources
said. Dr Singh reportedly said a solution must be found to ensure that parliament
functions. That meeting has been described by sources as the "turning point."