In a sharp retort to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s frequent “silent PM” jibes aimed at him, Congress leader and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that at least he was never afraid of speaking to the press during his tenure at the helm of affairs of the country. The veteran Congress leader said that he met the press on a regular basis during his 10-year tenure.
“People say I was a silent Prime Minister. I think these volumes speak for themselves. I would certainly like to say that I was not the Prime Minister who was afraid of talking to the press – I met the press regularly, and on every foreign trip I undertook, I had a press conference in the plane, or immediately after landing. So there are a large number of those press conferences whose results are also described (in the book),” Singh said at the launch of his five-volume book ‘Changing India’.
“I am not scared of speaking to the press” – Dr Manmohan Singh takes a dig at the @PMOIndia for not talking to the media. #MMSbooklaunch#ChangingIndia pic.twitter.com/6QCeoups3d
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Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi, then BJP’s PM candidate, launched a blistering attack on Singh by mocking him as “Maun Mohan Singh”. BJP leaders claimed that the term was given due to Singh’s “silence” over pivotal issues like inflation and corruption.
Recently, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi for “not holding” a single press conference since assuming charge.
Singh has been very vocal about the decisions taken by the incumbent government headed by PM Modi. During the campaign of the recently concluded assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, PM Modi said UPA government was a remote-controlled one. However, Singh hit back saying he was not controlled by Sonia Gandhi.
Singh’s ‘Changing India’ is a five-volume book that captures the journey of Singh from an eminent economist, policymaker to Prime Minister.