Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said he used “harsh words” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and should not have used such words, referring to his comments in 2014, where he had said Modi would be a disaster to the country. “I used harsh words which I should not have. Now people will make the decision,” he said at a press conference in Indore.
Singh accused Modi of misusing the PM’s post. “It does not befit the PM to abuse political opponents,” he said, adding Modi was using “unparliamentary words” against the opposition. (Watch Video Below)
On Rafale Deal
Stepping up the attack against the BJP-led government on Rafale, former prime minister Manmohan Singh questioned its reluctance in forming a joint parliamentary committee to probe the deal. Singh said it proved that the government had something to hide.
“The people of the country are suspicious of the Rafale deal. The opposition and various groups are demanding a joint parliamentary committee but Modi government isn’t ready for it. Isse pata lagta hai daal mai kuchh kaala hai,” he said at a press conference in Indore.
The Congress has been unflinching in its demand for a JPC probe into the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from the French government and the handling of the offset contract worth Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence Limited, which has “absolutely zero experience in aircraft manufacturing”.
Singh also highlighted the need for coordination between the RBI & Finance Ministry
Addressing a press conference in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the 2018 assembly polls in the state, Singh said that the relationship between the government and RBI has hit a low and highlighted the need for coordination between the RBI and Finance Ministry.
“The relationship between the RBI and Finance Ministry has hit a low,” he said. Harmony and coordination between both were essential for the country,” he added. “The RBI governor and finance minister have a delicate relationship. Both have to work together. Although the job of running the country rests with the government, (a) specific responsibility is given to the RBI governor by the RBI Act. There is a need to recognise the interdependence of the two entities and work in harmony… I am happy with the efforts being made to bring reconciliation. Both need to work in harmony with each other,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 21, 2018
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