Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the BJP-led government of all round failure leading to agrarian crisis, economic turmoil and deteriorating ties with neighbouring countries. Referring Modi’s 2014 promises of 2 crore jobs, Singh said the employment growth rate has been declining in the last 4 years.
Singh was speaking at the launch of Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s book “Shades of Truth – A Journey Derailed”, in New Delhi on Friday, that aims to highlight the failures of the Narendra Modi government.
On the data of jobs
Rubbishing the Centre’s claims on job data, Singh said, “Our youth are desperately waiting for the promised two crore jobs. Employment growth rate has been declining in the past four years. People aren’t impressed with the figures being put out by the Modi government to justify creation of large number of jobs.”
He also attacked PM Modi’s notes ban in 2016, days after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that over 99 per cent of the banned cash was back in the system.
“Nothing concrete has been done to bring back the promised billions of dollars allegedly held abroad as black money,” said Dr Singh.
“The great leader after 2014 gave us demonetisation where we lost 1.5 per cent GDP. In any other country, he would have had to resign. (The) manner in which GST was implemented, here was a man with the majority in Parliament and what has he done for four years, in terms of economic growth, liberalisation?” Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked.
Singh further said, “He (PM Modi) charged us that because of policy paralysis, we couldn’t take India forward but this policy paralysis brought 8.2% GDP which has never happened in the history of this country. That was the result of policy paralysis and I assume there’s no policy paralysis today, where is GDP?”
He also accused the government of “bad implementation” of the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
“Programmes like Make in India and Stand Up India are yet to make a meaningful impact on industrial production growth. Small and marginal enterprises are yet to derive significant benefit from the ease of doing business schemes. The hasty implementation of demonetisation and GST has hurt enterprises.”
This is not the first time that he has taken on his successor over the notes ban and GST. These “coercive steps” cost the nation hugely and broke the backs of businesses, he said last year.
On the issue of foreign policy he said:
“Our neighbourhood is far less secure than it was in 2014. Our relations with neighbours have deteriorated in the last four years. The Modi government has failed to address issues relating to a creative use of science and technology for national transformation. Academic freedom is sought to be curbed. The environment in our universities is being vitiated.” All of this, he said, “is a powerful indictment of the Modi government’s performance.” He also called for a meaningful national debate on issues.
Women, Dalits & minorities are increasingly living in an environment of insecurity
The Modi government has slowly but surely undermined the values that any democratic party, any democratic polity should fiercely protect. Our relations with neighbours have deteriorated in last 4 years. Modi government has failed to address issues relating to creative use of science and technology,” he added.
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