Modi’s 5 years has left economy in ‘dire straits’: Former PM

NEW DELHI: Two-time Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that his successor Narendra Modi’s five-year rule has been “most traumatic and devastating.”

“Five years of Modi Government is a sad story of governance and accountability failure. In the year 2014, Modiji came to power on the promise of ‘acche din’. His five years rule has ended up being the most traumatic and devastating for India’s youth, farmers, traders, businesses and every democratic institution,” he said.

In an exclusive interview to news agency PTI, said, that PM Modi should be shown exit door as his government does not believe in inclusive growth and has left economy in ‘dire straits.’

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“I have no qualms in saying that the Modi government has left our economy in dire straits,” he said.

The Modi’s predecessor also dismissed the notion of ‘Modi wave.’

He also 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”.

Continuing his most fierce attacks on the Modi, Singh alleged that the demonetisation was perhaps “the biggest scam” of independent India.

“This was nothing but a criminal act of betrayal for those people who elected this government with such a brute majority,” he said.

“The current government boasts of getting investment, but the reality is that the FDI growth is at a five-year low. Core (indrastructure) sector growth is at a two-year low. Rupee has become Asia’s worst-performing currency. All these are a cause of serious concern,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Congress party, saying that his predecessor Manmohan Singh was the ‘acting prime minister’ imposed by the grand old party for 10 years.

“Whether it is running a remote-controlled government or playing video games, these people cannot think beyond acting. That is why they imposed an acting prime minister for 10 years and waited till the prime minister in making’ became wise,” he said at a public rally here.

Accusing the Congress of stalling the country’s development, Modi said that it stood for “lies” and “falsehood.”

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