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“No prime min­is­ter has used the of­fice to say things about their op­po­nents (the way) Mr Modi has been do­ing day in and day out. It doesn’t be­hove a prime min­is­ter to stoop so low...”

For­mer PM Man­mo­han Singh at a press con­fer­ence in Karnataka where the Congress is em­broiled in a tight, tetchy elec­tion con­test, des­per­ate to cling on to one of the few states where it is in power. He did not com­ment on whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate for a for­mer prime min­is­ter to speak so bit­ingly of his suc­ces­sor. If it is true that Naren­dra Modi dis­plays the same pen­chant for cam­paign rhetoric as he does for clasp­ing world lead­ers to his bo­som, it is per­haps also true no PM has been sub­ject to such sus­tained, vit­ri­olic per­sonal at­tacks. Is he just fight­ing fire with fire?

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