Modi's rule has not been good for India: Manmohan Singh

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 26, 2018, 11.16 PM(IST)

Manmohan Singh. Photograph:( ANI )

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Singh slammed PM Modi at the event and said that he was elected as India's 14th prime minister on the back of many lofty promises. 

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said Narendra Modi has failed to fulfill public faith in last four years and that he is a ''paradoxical prime minister''.

Singh was speaking at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's new book  __ The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi and His India __ launch.

Modi was elected as India's 14th prime minister on the back of many lofty promises but he failed to fulfill those promises, he said and added that Tharoor has demonstrated this through his "superbly written and devastatingly accurate book".

He said that the prime minister is silent on the current crisis in which CBI's top two bosses were divested of their powers and sent on leave by the government.

"He (Modi) has spoken of being a prime minister for all Indians but the government he presides over has been mostly silent in the face of widespread communal violence, mob lynching and cow vigilantism,'' Singh said.

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"At the same time, academic freedoms are being sought to be curbed. The environment in our universities and national institutions like the CBI is being vitiated and dissent stifled," Singh continued.

Talking about recent price hike in petrol Manmohan Singh said, ''Petrol & diesel prices are at historic high despite fall in international crude oil prices because Modi govt chose to levying excessive excise duties instead of passing on benefit of low prices to Indians.''

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Concluding his speech at the book launch he said, ''Modi's rule has not been good for India and it all arises from the Modi paradox that Tharoor has shown in his book.''

"Much of what the Modi government is all about has turned out to be little more than a series of empty gestures...With very little substance having been achieved on the ground," he concluded.