New Delhi | Hours after slamming the NDA government, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Singh went to 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister to met him. Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7RCR. We had a great meeting, Modi tweeted later.
Earlier in the day, Singh hit out at the Modi government saying it was harping on corruption to divert people’s attention to non-issues. In a scathing attack, Singh alleged that institutions of democracy are under threat and the entire edifice of the welfare state is being dismantled in the guise of promoting faster economic growth.
Manmohan Singh said on the Modi government, the past was continually being rewritten to promote a highly biased and communal view and dissent was being suppressed. In an uncharacteristic hard-hitting speech at a convention here, he questioned BJP government’s claims on economic development, saying rural India was under acute distress and the economic recovery was fragile.
The past is continually being rewritten to promote a highly biased and communal view… Dissent is being suppressed, Singh said in his address at the convention organised by NSUI, the student wing of the Congress. The Congress party, he said, has tried hard to ensure that India flourishes as an open pluralistic, liberal and secular democracy which was proud of its composite heritage. This very idea of India is now under systematic assault.
We must understand how this assault is being mounted and then come up with our response, he said. A renowned economist, Singh also raised the issue of government’s performance on economy to attack it, saying that even government’s own people felt that the recovery is fragile. In the last one year, BJP government has to manufacture, modify some statistical data to show that this last one year has not been that bad for the economy.
But their people are of the view that the recovery that they talk about in the last one year is very fragile recovery, Singh said. He said the Chief Economic Advisor of the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Reserve Bank, have both been of the view that recovery is fragile. And indeed if you look at the harsh reality you will find all is not well with the state of our economy under the BJP dispensation, he added.
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