Manmohan Singh: 5-year Modi rule ‘traumatic and devastating’

The Asian Age.  | Sanjeev Chopra

India, All India

The former Prime Minister also called Mr Modi’s Pakistan policy “slipshod”, which he said was marred by a series of “flip-flops”.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be shown the exit door as his five-year rule has been “most traumatic and devastating” for India’s youth, farmers, traders and every democratic institution, his predecessor Manmohan Singh said on Sunday.

Dr Singh, in an exclusive interview to PTI, dismissed the notion that there was a “wave” in favour of Mr Modi and 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”.

In one of his most fierce attacks on the Modi government, Dr Singh alleged that the past five years only witnessed “stench” of corruption peaking to “unimaginable proportions”, adding that demonetisation was perhaps the “biggest scam” of independent India.

Incidentally, the BJP’s 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 UPA government led by Dr Singh.

The former Prime Minister also called Mr Modi’s Pakistan policy “slipshod”, which he said was marred by a series of “flip-flops”.    

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