Jaitley meant to end the Parliament's stalemate. Congress has been seeking Modi's apology for suggesting that Manmohan Singh was colluding with Pakistan to influence the outcome of the Gujarat elections.
During the high-octane Gujarat election campaign, Modi cited a dinner held at now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence which was attended by Pakistan diplomats. Former PM Singh and former VP Hamid Ansari were also present along with some other dignitaries. Modi cast aspersions on their motives.
Subsequently, Singh slammed Modi for "spreading falsehood and canards" to "score political points in a lost cause."
Jaitley said, "PM in his speeches didn't question, nor meant to question the commitment of either former PM Singh or former VP Hamid Ansari to India, any such perception is erroneous, we hold these leaders in high esteem, as well as their commitment to India."