Blame Modi for economic meltdown: Manmohan Singh

BENGALURU: In a no-holds-barred attack on his successor, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for pursuing “disastrous policies” and “economic mismanagement”, resulting in massive losses for the country. 

During an interaction with the media here on Monday, Dr Singh said “Our nation today is experiencing difficult times. Our farmers are facing an acute crisis, our aspirational youth are not finding opportunities, and the economy is growing below its potential. The unfortunate truth is that each of these crises was entirely avoidable.  It pains me to see how rather than standing up to all these challenges, the government's response has been to stifle dissent when deficiencies are pointed out.”

Noting that the economic policy has a significant impact on lives of people, he said it was essential that those tasked with decision making pay careful attention to policies and programmes and not act on mere whims and fancies. “India is a complex and diverse country and no one person can be the repository of all wisdom,” he said in an apparent dig at Mr Modi.  

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