On Sitharaman’s barb, Manmohan Singh says ‘no comment’. Then a dartOctober 17, 2019
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday countered the BJP campaign to vote back the Devendra Fadnavis government, insisting that the “much-talked about double engine” model of governance had “utterly failed” in Maharashtra. Dr Singh, who is in Mumbai to campaign for the Congress in the state elections next week, also attacked the BJP-led government’s handling of the economy, insisting that its policies were responsible for growing unemployment, farm suicides and factories shutting down.
Dr Singh also delivered a sharp comeback to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman who told her audience at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs this week that state-run banks in India had their “worst phase” when Dr Singh was prime minister and Raghuram Rajan, the RBI Governor.
In his opening statement at an interaction in Mumbai, Dr Singh referred to Sitharaman’s statement to say that “I would not like to comment”. Then he hurled his dart, emphasising that the government had also got its diagnosis wrong.