Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his successor Narendra Modi traded sharp words on Wednesday.
The meeting between the two leaders came within days of former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal alleging that Manmohan Singh had warned him of harm if he didn’t cooperate on the issue of allocation of 2G telecom licences.
“This is also totally untrue”.
“This is an all-time record”, he said.
Singh further said that under NDA government, institutions of democracy are under threat.
“The chief economic adviser and the governor of the Reserve Bank have both said that the recovery has been fragile”.
On the economy, Singh said investments are not going up and exports are on the decline. 65 per cent of our people live in rural areas. It was only later in the evening, when the Congress realised what was happening and clarified that Dr. Singh had gone to 7 Race Course Road at the invitation of the Prime Minister, and that the only subjects discussed were the economy and foreign policy, that the picture cleared.
“Many of our programmes are now being repackaged and marketed as the initiatives of the Modi government”.
Before meeting the PM, Manmohan had attacked the BJP government. “The past is continuously being rewritten to promote a highly biased and communal view”.
The Congress party, he said, has tried hard to ensure that India flourishes as an open pluralistic, liberal and secular democracy which was proud of its composite heritage.
“This very idea of India is now under systematic assault”. We must understand how this assault is being mounted and come up with our response. He said the planning of activities and events on Yoga Day should aim to make Yoga a mass movement, all over the world. “The ultimate power to allocate coal blocks was with then PM (Singh), who was also Coal Minister at that time”, Gupta’s counsel told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar.
“We had launched many new programs. How can the Congress run away from this responsibility”, Shah asked.
“The indifference and total silence” regarding the attacks on churches and the Christian community “has now given way to a genuine concern”, said Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara of Faridabad, who along with 13 other top Christian leaders met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. “Dissent is being suppressed”, Manmohan Singh said.
“This gap we have to fill”.