Union Budget 2018: Manmohan Singh in his reaction to Arun Jaitley’s budget said “I don’t think I can blame the budget for being motivated by scoring points in elections, but fiscal arithmetic could be at fault.”
“Manmohan Singh’s palpable silence in relation to defending my wholly justified actions was like silencing of our nation’s collective conscience,” A Raja says in his book ‘2G Saga Unfolds’
The two leaders were engaged in a bitter war of words during the Gujarat election campaign when the Prime Minister had insinuated that Singh had colluded with Pakistan for the polls.
“You will recall that I assured you several times that I had done nothing wrong but rather acted in the national interest and I would prove this,” A Raja wrote to former PM Manmohan Singh
The Congress had been disrupting Parliament from day one of the winter session, seeking first an apology and then settling for a clarification from the PM Narendra Modi over his remarks about Manmohan Singh and Hamid Ansari.
Welcoming the statement by Jaitley, the Congress party has dissociated itself from Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “neech” remark against PM Modi.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who is considered the architect of the economic liberalisation measures unleashed in 1991 under the P V Narasimha Rao government, also termed Pawar as the “most creative agriculture minister” he had ever seen.
According to sources, Singh said there was still lot of goodwill for the Congress in urban centres and people understood the good work done by the UPA government.
Leading the charge was Manmohan Singh, who had borne the brunt of an aggressive BJP attack when he was Prime Minister.
It is his duty to restore the dignity of the office and in the interest of parliamentary democracy that this deadlock comes to an end.
Not insisting on apology, says Congress, let PM Narendra Modi simply say it was a poll stunt and withdraw his statement
It said Modi should at least clarify his remark which he allegedly used to “win” the Gujarat election, saying had it been Atal Behari Vajpayee as prime minister, he could have apologised 10 times.
PM Narendra Modi had alleged Pakistan’s “hand” in the Gujarat election and said top Congress leaders, including Singh, met leaders from Pakistan at a gathering at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence.
“Manmohan Singh is very angry these days. But the nation missed his anger when monumental loot happened under his watch,” BJP chief Amit Shah said
Manmohan Singh had said, “Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former Prime Minister and Army Chief”.