Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, launched a fresh attack on Narendra Modi-led NDA government, claiming the Centre has failed terribly on various fronts. An economist himself, Manmohan Singh, while speaking at a media gathering in Rajkot, Gujarat, targeted economic reforms undertaken by Modi government. After terming demonetisation as an ‘organised loot’ a few days ago, Singh slammed the noteban once again, calling it a “disastrous” decision. He said that the fundamental aim of the scheme has failed as corruption is still prevalent. Targeting the Prime Minister in his home state, Singh said that PM Modi has betrayed the business community with GST and claimed that the rollout of the indirect tax regime has completely dismantled the business not just in the state, but across the nation. Scrapping the notion that Modi government is cracking down on Black Money and corruption, he said, “Whoever faced corruption allegations during UPA was dealt with strictly, but the same cannot be said about BJP, they have not acted on corruption in their rule.”
Singh also pointed out there is widespread unemployment in Gujarat, saying Modi hasn’t done anything to develop Gujarat. Highlighting the Narmada issue, he said, “Modiji says he took up Narmada issue with me but I don’t remember him talking to me about this issue, though whenever he wanted to meet me I never refused, was always ready as being PM it was my responsibility to meet all CMs.” He further expressed his disappointment with Modi’s foreign policy saying, “Our national security has been hurt by the inconsistent foreign policies of this Government, some steps taken by Modi government were not in the best interest of the country.” During his speech, he also hailed India’s first woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying the nationalisation of banks done by her helped the country do better on the economic front.
It must be noted that the election campaign for the first phase of the Gujarat elections has reached its last leg and the word war between the two rival parties, BJP and the Congress have intensified. The state will go to polls in two phases — on December 9 and 14.