Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Narendra Modi made tall promises: Manmohan Singh attacks

Narendra Modi made tall promises: Manmohan Singh attacks

"He (Modi) said we will provide 2 crore jobs, we have not seen even 2 lakh jobs..." But there has been little on the ground.

Speaking at the Congress' 84th plenary session, being held in New Delhi, Mammohan Singh said that the situation in the Valley was worsening by the day.

In a similar vein, Congress leader P Chidambaram claimed the Modi government had inherited a strong economy legacy from the erstwhile UPA regime, but four year on, the Indian economy is lagging behind its global competitors.

Hitting out at the Modi government over its failure at the economic front, Manmohan Singh said that GST and demonetisation had destroyed jobs.

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He also blamed Narendra Modi for not increasing farmers' income or employment opportunities for youths.

"Modiji himself said we will double farmers income in six years". It noted that "not unemployment, but severe under-employment is the main problem facing the country" and that "what is needed is the creation of high-productivity, high-wage jobs".

The former prime minister also took on the Centre for the increase in incidents of cross-border violence, accusing it of mismanaging the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The opposition was quick to denounce this suggestion.

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Meanwhile, on Saturday, former party president Sonia Gandhi reminded party workers how the Congress had opened the door to alliances earlier to defeat the NDA.

Noting that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India, he said the country needed to recognise the state's special problems and "we must deal with those problems with all seriousness".

"The BJP government has messed up the economy". Manmohan Singh, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the impact and the achievement Manmohan Singh gained through silence, the BJP could not achieve that through uproar.

The former PM said that India now standing at the crossroads, and while it has many opportunities in hand, it also faces many challenges.

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Recollecting the history of the Congress, the former prime minister said it was the party that "made India what it is today, that led the freedom struggle and which guided India in the path of development after it became free".

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