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India's Modi duels with his predecessor amid local election

Against the backdrop of a bitterly fought local election, India is witnessing the unusual spectacle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi locked in a bitter verbal duel with his predecessor and accusing the opposition of holding secret meetings with Pakistani officials to impact the vote.

Modi, who swept to power in 2014 national polls, threw the first punch over the weekend when he alluded to "secret meetings" at a dinner at a senior Congress party leader's home to allege that archrival Pakistan was somehow meddling in the ongoing election in his home state of Gujarat. The unsubstantiated claims prompted a sharply worded response from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a...