Dal mein kuch kaala hai: Manmohan Singh on Rafale deal

File photo of former PM Manmohan Singh. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 21, 2018, 03.54 PM (IST)

Former prime minister and Congress leader  Manmohan Singh on Wednesday attacked the BJP-led Modi government over Rafale deal and said that the government's refusal to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee  (JPC) investigation means there is something murky about the deal. 

Singh was addressing a gathering in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. 

The Rafale deal has been a bone of contention between the ruling NDA and the opposition. While the Congress alleges serious corruption in the deal, the BJP has been claiming the present deal that the Modi government has struck with the Dassault Rafale is much better than the one signed by the Congress-led UPA.  

''The people of the country are suspicious of the Rafale deal, the opposition and various groups are demanding a joint parliamentary committee but Modi government isn’t ready for it. Isse pata lagta hai dal mein kuch kaala hai,'' said Singh. 

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Calling Modi-government's demonetisation as a ''monumental failure'', he tore into Modi on his promises made to youth and the farmers. 

“Demonetisation was a monumental failure; it was a deliberate and designed attack on SMEs, farmers and housewives,” the former prime minister said and added PM Modi's election campaign slogan “Achhe Din” has been reduced to a pipe dream.

“Creation of 2 crore jobs per annum for the youth promised by Modi in 2014 is a pipe dream mooted by the Modi Government. The only reliable data is the quarterly survey of the Labour Bureau,” the former prime minister added.

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'The people of the country are suspicious of the Rafale deal, the opposition and various groups are demanding a joint parliamentary committee but Modi government isn’t ready for it. Isse pata lagta hai dal mein kuch kaala hai,'' Singh said in Indore on Wednesday.