New Delhi, Dec 7: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday launched a stinging attack on the incumbent Narendra Modi government over a range of issues and reiterated that demonetisation was a blunder which ruined the country’s economy. The veteran Congress leader stressed that millions of job were lost and creation of new jobs was hampered due to note ban.
“Demonetisation was an uninformed and half-baked attack on black money. It was a disastrous decision for our economy and democracy. The (Modi) government likes to claim that demonetisation was a bold decision. There is a difference between bold and disastrous decision. It was Indiraji who took many bold decisions,” Manmohan said at a press conference in Rajkot.
“I invoke memories of more than 100 people who lost their lives while standing in queues as a result of demonetisation. I say with immense pain and a sense of deep responsibility that November 8 was a black day for our economy and democracy,” he added. (Also Read: Too early to say low growth trend reversed: Manmohan Singh)
The former PM also accused the BJP-led NDA government of doing little to curb corruption. “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,” Manmohan Singh said.
Describing the foreign policies of the present government as inconsistent, Manmohan Singh, who served as PM in the UPA rule for two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2014, said steps taken by the Modi government were not in the interest of the country.
“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,” he said. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi The Darling of Congress Party, Says Manmohan Singh)
“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 and was always ready as being PM it was my responsibility to meet all CMs,” Manmohan Singh added.