Congress president Rahul Gandhi said demonetisation is “unique in the history of our tragedies because it was a self-inflicted, suicidal attack that destroyed millions of lives and ruined thousands of India’s small businesses”.
Manmohan Singh urged the government not to resort to further unorthodox, short-term economic measures that can cause any more uncertainty in the economy and financial markets.
The Accidental Prime Minister starring Anupam Kher is a political drama based on the book of the same name, written by Sanjay Baru, who served as the media advisor of Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2008.
Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released Shashi Tharoor’s book on Modi and said that Modi has remained silent in the face of widespread communal violence, mob lynching and cow vigilantism despite promising to be Prime Miinister for all in India.
Singh also questioned PM Modi’s silence over the recent incidents of cow vigilantism, communal violence and mob lynching. He said that in the past four years, the Modi Government has failed the electorate and eroded voters’ faith.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Greetings to our former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh Ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr Singh’s long life and good health.”
“Political disputes and electoral battles are increasingly getting laced with religious overtones, symbols, myths and prejudices,” said Manmohan Singh.
Manmohan Singh said that as a custodian of electoral practice in the country it is the duty of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to see that religion and religious prejudices do not get used in the electoral discourse.
“Programs like Make in India and Standup India are yet to make a meaningful impact on industrial production growth. Small and marginal enterprises are yet to derive significant benefit from the ease of doing business schemes,” said the former PM.
Manmohan Singh said Chatterjee showed that he loved his party, but the party was not above these constitutional values. “Such was the man who presided over Lok Sabha,” Singh said at a condolence meeting for Chatterjee, held at the India International Centre.
An expansive plan to make the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) a more inclusive memorial to all prime ministers past, and representative of the legacy of the office rather than an individual, has become controversial.
In the letter sent last week, Singh invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that under Vajpayee’s six-year tenure as PM, “there was absolutely no attempt made to change the nature and character of the NMML”.
Talking about the present climate in the country, Sonia Gandhi called for collectively expressing the resolve “to fight the forces of divisiveness, hate, and bigotry”.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead: Sonia Gandhi said she was deeply saddened by his death. “Vajpayee was a towering figure in our national life. Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts.”
A section of party leaders has argued that the party should shed its cautious approach and not follow the belligerent anti-NRC Trinamool Congress line. After over three hours of debate, the CWC set the party’s view.