1. Manmohan Singh saves Narendra Modi, not once but thrice: Read why and how

Manmohan Singh saves Narendra Modi, not once but thrice: Read why and how

Notwithstanding the reported bitterness, former PM Manmohan Singh has not hesitated from stepping out of the Congress limits to support PM Narendra Modi on matters concerning the nation.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 1:56 PM
narendra modi, manmohan singh, narendra modi manmohan singh, modi manmohan, manmohan modi, gst bill, rajya sabha, demonetisation, urjit patel Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his predecessor Manmohan Singh. (PTI file)

Notwithstanding the reported bitterness between the duo, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not hesitated from stepping out of the Congress limits to support PM Narendra Modi on matters concerning the nation. There have been at least three such occasions in the last three years when Singh backed Modi government’s initiative, or saved it from embarrassment or provided much-needed help.

Interestingly, Singh plays the dual role of being a statesman as well as a politician with near perfection. As a politician, Singh has never left an opportunity to disagree with Modi or his policies and attacked him. For example: While commenting on Modi’s claim on economic revival in 2015, Singh had jarred him saying the former was a “better event manager.”

After demonetisation, Singh stood in the Rajya Sabha and termed the move as “organised loot and plunder”. Even before Modi became the PM, Singh had told the Time magazine in January 2014 that the then Gujarat CM would be “disastrous” as Prime Minister of the country. But as a statesman and former PM of the country, Singh has backed Modi government at critical junctures. This trait of Singh puts him in a different league of present-day politicians who tend to oppose policies just for the sake of it.

Here we take at three such instances:

1. Breaking the deadlock on GST

In November 2015, Modi government was struggling to bring all parties to the table to discuss and pass the GST Bill in Parliament. No opposition leader appeared to be in a mood to take the discussion on the critical Bill forward. Modi government was eyeing washout of the winter session of Parliament. But came saviour Manmohan Singh, who set up a meeting between Modi and Sonia Gandhi on the request of the former. The Economic Times had then reported that Singh took an active interest in the discussion at Modi’s residence.

2. Saving Urjit Patel

Singh saved Modi government and RBI governor Urjit Patel from a major embarrassment when the latter was quizzed by a Parliamentary committee in January this year. Patel was summoned by the panel to testify on how the sudden demonetisation decision was planned and implemented. However, Singh, who is also a former RBI governor, advised Patel not to reply to questions that would create problems for the RBI. Especially when Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked whether “chaos” would break out if cash withdrawal limit was withdrawn, Singh told Patel: “You should not reply to that query.”

With this Singh not only saved Patel and RBI from embarrassment but also Modi government. Patel’s response would have given the opposition another fodder to attack the government.

3. Letting GST Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

On Thursday, Singh advised Congress leader Jairam Ramesh against seeking an amendment to the GST Bill for the sake of consensus. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley acknowledged Singh’s gesture and thanked him for the cooperation by walking up to the Opposition benches in the Rajya Sabha.

(The article was first published on April 7, 2017. It was updated on June 21, 2017)

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  1. Sudhir Kale
    Jun 25, 2017 at 6:02 am
    I wish he had followed this path while he was in power! But he didn't got totally insulted by the worthless Pappu-3!
    1. A
      Jun 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm
      In sixty years of congress rule what progrees has India made and poor people did not have bank accounts today under BJP poor can walk in the bank without fear that is progress .
      1. Kunal Ghoshal
        Jun 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm
        We all know that Dr. Monmohan Singh is a great Statesman and not a run of the mill politician like Narendra Modi. His class and elegance never compromised and his ethics and parliamentary behavior were example art. If he has gone out of the way to protect the government that was because his love for the country. Where as Narendra Modi has criticized Dr. Singh on many occasions, inside and outside the country calling him names, but it didn't bother him to step out of his domain to give valuable suggestions to Modi and I am sure that Modi has taken such suggestions and twisted it in his own name, which is Modi's habit and known for. May be that's why Modi is called FEKU, because he lacks originality and out of the box thinking power to run a country.
        1. Abdul Qadir
          Jun 22, 2017 at 9:23 am
          Our parents use to re iterate in our childhood dat beta education is very important , being illeterate due to circumstances is still not crime but being on such a responsible position and behaving like sadak chhao rowdies indeed creates problme and unrest.
          1. J
            Jun 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm
            I feel shame that this kind of person was our PM. GOD SAVE THIS COUNTRY.
            1. Karan Bandal
              Jun 21, 2017 at 9:40 pm
              Very nice! The problem with Congress is the Gandhis. Remove them and the party will start winning again.
              1. Ashwani Arora
                Jun 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                Problem is BJP Bhagsts will never appreciate this. They only find faults like with Nehru and Chatur Bhania.
                1. Sudhir Kale
                  Jun 25, 2017 at 5:58 am
                  You are totally wrong, Ashwani! I wrote many laudatory letters about ManMohan-ji in Jakarta Post (I was working in Jakarta then) during his performance during UPA-1 era, but his problem was he was indebted to Gandhis allowed them to take him for a ride, particularly the worthless Rahul Gandhi! ManMohan-ji lost his izzat only thanks to Pappu-3! The problem is that today the utility of the Gandhi name is only as a gum to keep Congress Party members sticking together united. There is no other use. Once people see their vote attracting power gone, they will desert them!
                2. L
                  Apr 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm
                  When will you stop licking Congress shoes?? Pls come out of this. Think something positive for the nation. NM is doing great work ..appreciate him.
                  1. U
                    Apr 9, 2017 at 8:12 am
                    It's really good one from Manmohan Singh, first comes country and later party, politicians shd take leaf out from Manmohan Singh
                    1. G
                      Apr 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm
                      1. D
                        Apr 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm
                        Letting p age of GST ??? Seriously ?
                        1. A
                          Apr 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm
                          What a article. You guys would never stop licking congress .
                          1. Dulalkrishna Basu
                            Apr 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm
                            Is MMS afraid of Coalgate?
                            1. V
                              VINAY DHANDHANIA
                              Apr 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm
                              This is a great example by a senior Politician from the opposition party and even the others should learn and cooperate for the progress and development of the nation.
                              1. Anil Kumar
                                Apr 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                                That's true He is an intelligent person but One has to have foresight to see future before taking any decision. It is not there that only qualified people have foresighteforesightedness .Mr Modi is a born leader, He has clear vision for the people of this country. He highlighted the basic needs of people like never before. If some body has team and team involves in wrong doings then leader is blamed and He should be.Since He should keep watch on his team members. Small doings like poor people to connect with Banks and make them feel the requirements of Tiolets.These are the small things which had be taken v early. This is a major difference between the two.Only sta ion and economist is important Important is how inclusive you are.To become a puppet of Politicians is not the job of qualified and learned people.
                                1. Np Nayar
                                  Apr 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                                  This glorification of MMS is nothing but a trash !! If this g'man is really a statesman he should not become the shoe polisher of Sonia !! Pl don't publish rubbish !!
                                  1. Deependra Ghildyal
                                    Apr 8, 2017 at 11:38 am
                                    MMS had no choice. Whatever is left of his re tion would have also been destro had he acted otherwise.
                                    1. U
                                      Apr 8, 2017 at 9:58 am
                                      Good to see the developments. Nice gentleman was misused by his party. My respectful congratulations to the great man Manmohanji
                                      1. Sultan In
                                        Apr 8, 2017 at 10:04 pm
                                        Well said Mr. Utthamarajan, very thoughtful comment.
                                      2. N
                                        Nagraj Chandrasekar
                                        Apr 8, 2017 at 9:50 am
                                        1. Varadarajan Swaminathan
                                          Apr 8, 2017 at 9:48 am
                                          Manmohan singh will act logically when Sonia or Rahul is not around. Manmohan Singh could speak his mind in Rajya Sabha, where both Rahul & Sonia are not around.
                                          1. N
                                            Apr 8, 2017 at 9:47 am
                                            It is bull
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