Today, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led a ‘glorious’ government during his 10-years regime, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi just boasted his “56-inch chest” in the last 5-years tenure.
Replying to a comparison between a recently-released move Accidental Prime Minister, based on Dr. Manmohan Singh’s tenure and “Paradoxical” Prime Minister, a book written by Mr. Tharoor based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said, “In those 10 years in Dr Manmohan Singh’s tenure, whether he came in accidentally or because of his years of experience or wisdom. I would say that Dr. Singh left us with a 10-year record of sustained economic growth, a reasonably stable economic situation despite international record high oil prices…”
Mr. Tharoor continued, “Dr. Singh also led a decent government, there was no vainglorious, stroking about thumping of 56-inch chest… We (Congress) had 10 glorious years.”
In the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, it was in UP that PM Modi, who was then Chief Minister of Gujarat, had said that it takes “56-inch chest” to convert Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat in a scale of development.
“Look at this five years what we have. We have a government (referring to Modi government) which has caused sufferings to thousands of individuals through ill-conceived and badly implemented demonetization. The GST created confusion. Having promised to crores jobs in a year…last year we lost 1.1 crore jobs. They did not create jobs but destroyed them,” added Mr. Tharoor.
The Thiruvananthapuram parliamentarian further cited instances of how human beings were killed in the names of cow protection and beef consumption among others to highlight the existing period.
Mr. Tharoor further said that “What can we point that was good in the last five years? In the name of protecting cows, they have killed human beings, assaulted minorities. They tried to divide our people in the name of religion or caste. What can we point to that we can say with pride as the Prime Minister keeps saying that Indian passport has only acquired value after he became the Prime Minister? I asked myself what fantasy is he living.”