New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, saying it had failed to fulfil the promises made to the people on the eve of the 2014 elections. Speaking at the launch of Congress parliamentarian Kapil Sibal’s new book “Shades of Truth – A Journey Derailed“, Singh accused the government of ‘slowly but surely’ undermining the values that a democratic polity should fiercely protect.

Speaking on the issue of note-ban, the former PM said that nothing concrete has been done to bring back billions of dollars held back as black money abroad.

The former PM alleged that the country is facing ‘an agrarian crisis, economic turmoil and deteriorating ties with neighbouring countries’. He accused the Modi government of ignoring the plight of farmers, which has resulted in numerous protests in state capitals as well as the national capital.

“Our neighbourhood is far less secured than it was in 2014. Our relations with neighbours have deteriorated in the last four years. Modi government has failed to address issues relating to a creative use of science and technology for national transformation,” Singh said.

Furthermore he claimed,”Women, Dalits and minorities are increasingly living in an environment of insecurity.

“Academic freedom is sought to be curbed, the environment in our universities is being vitiated. All this is a powerful indictment on the Modi government’s performance and there has to be a meaningful national debate on issues raised by Kapil Sibal. So, I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of that national debate and we all need that and together with an alternative narrative that the country needs to study and adopt,” he added.

Singh,  former Vice President Hamid Ansari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal unveiled the book to a packed house at the Nehru Memorial Museum Library in National Capital yesterday. The book launch was followed by a panel discussion participated by senior leaders Sibal, P. Chidambaram, Sitaram Yechury, Chandan Mitra and Sharad Yadav. They reportedly discussed the prospects of a joint opposition front for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.