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Leave alone what he said, Twitterati can’t get over ex-PM Manmohan Singh speaking in Rajya Sabha

However, Manmohan Singh's words on demonetisation are being lauded on the Internet.

By: Trends Desk | Updated: November 24, 2016 6:02 pm
Ex- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke against demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha today Ex- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke against demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha today

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is infamous for his silence. During his tenure as the PM, he was more popular for his silence than his speeches; so when, on November 24 in Rajya Sabha, he spoke against demonetisation, it came as a surprise to it many that the man who was most known for the ‘silent mode’ in the recent past (a fry cry from the 1990s when he was a firebrand, who minced no words to argue his point) actually spoke in Parliament regarding the cash crunch issue. And given social media’s propensity to react with humour than seriousness, what picked up pace was not the content of his speech but jokes on the fact that Singh finally broke his silence.

Though, there is no denying that his speech made a strong point, even if he himself was soft-spoken. Thanks to his credibility as an economist and one of the most trusted Congress leaders, Singh had everyone’s attention on the floor of the House. “Monumental mismanagement has been undertaken in implementation of demonetisation. It is a case of organised loot, legalised plunder of the common people,” he said, adding, “This will hurt agriculture, small industry and everyone in the unorganised sector. My view is that GDP growth can fall by 2 per cent and that is an underestimate.”

Read: Demonetisation: Manmohan Singh’s full speech in Rajya Sabha

In case you don’t know, Dr Singh attends Parliament almost every day but indeed chooses to remain silent. However, his words on demonetisation are being lauded on the Internet. Though he did not disagree with the objectives behind the decision, he remarked the GDP of the country could shrink by 2 percentage-points due to the way it has been implemented.

But the jokes don’t stop.

In what’s being called a bold but poorly executed move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes leaving the country struggling for liquid cash. So far, people and reports have linked at least 60 deaths to the demonetisation move.