Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished former PM and his predecessor Manmohan Singh on his birthday. In a tweet, Modi said, “Warm birthday wishes to our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. May he lead a long life filled with good health.”
Singh turned 85 on Tuesday. He was the Prime Minister between 2004 and 2014 during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. Singh’s political career started in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. In the same year, Singh helped usher in “liberalisation and privatisation” to the Indian economy.
Warm birthday wishes to our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. May he lead a long life filled with good health.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 26, 2017
Modi and Manmohan have been at odds over the former’s economic policies, especially the demonetisation decision of November 2016. Singh had then said that note was “organised loot and plunder”. However, both leaders have shared cordial relations whenever they have appeared in public together.
Last week while commenting on the state of economy, Singh had said the economy was on a “downhill path” because of the “adventure” of demonetisation which, he said, was not required at all, either technically or economically.
Interestingly, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has also said that the economy is in a “tailspin” and it may move towards a slowdown.
On Monday, Modi formed an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) amid Centre’s attempts to give a push to economic growth which has witnessed a slowdown. The five-member EAC will be headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, including NITI Aayog’s Principal Advisor Ratan Watal as a member and economists Surjit Bhalla, Rathin Roy and Ashima Goyal as part-time members.
As Prime Minister, Singh had an EAC headed by former RBI Governor C Rangarajan, who resigned in May 2014 after the UPA government lost power to BJP.