New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh launched a scathing attack at PM Narendra Modi on Sunday, terming his five-year rule as ‘most traumatic and devastating’ for India’s youths, farmers, traders and every democratic institution.

“Five years of Modi Government is a sad story of governance and accountability failure. In the year 2014, Modiji came to power on the promise of ‘acche din’. His five years rule has ended up being the most traumatic and devastating for India’s youth, farmers, traders, businesses and every democratic institution,” he said in an interview to PTI.

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Dismissing the notion that there was a wave in favour of Modi, Singh asserted that the people have made up their minds to vote out the government that “does not believe in inclusive growth and is only worried about its political existence at the altar of disharmony”.

He also alleged that the past five years only witnessed ‘stench’ of corruption peaking to ‘unimaginable proportions’, terming demonetisation ‘biggest scam’ of independent India.

Incidentally, the BJP campaign in the run-up to the 2014 elections had centred on various alleged scams, including in the allocations of 2G spectrum and coal blocks, during the 10-year tenure of the Singh-led UPA government.

Claiming that the country is headed for a slowdown, he accused the Modi regime of leaving the country’s economy in ‘dire straits’.

Strengthening the attack, the former PM also countered the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) focus on the issues of nationalism and terrorism in this election.  He said it was ‘distressing’ to note that PM Modi was ‘filming movies’ in the Jim Corbett National Park instead of chairing any meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in the immediate aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“A lie spoken a hundred times does not become the truth,” he said on PM Modi’s plank of nationalism, adding that terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir alone have gone up by 176 per cent and ceasefire violations at the border with Pakistan up 1,000 per cent in the past five years.

Noting that a government which does not believe in inclusive growth and is only worried about its political existence at the altar of disharmony should be immediately shown the exit door, he alleged that in the past five years the stench of corruption has peaked to ‘unimaginable proportions’.

Responding to a question on whether a presidential form of election is good for democracy, Singh said, “Representation in India is very important. A single man can neither represent all the desires of 130 crore people of India and can also not solve the variety of problems faced by them. The idea of ‘one man as the monolith of knowledge’ cannot be applied to India.”

(Inputs from PTI)