Singh, Modi cross swords
‘Never misused public office’
With his name being dragged into several scams that broke out during the UPA-II regime, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh finally broke his silence on Wednesday and defended himself saying he had never misused public office during his tenure. "I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) here.
He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government were "untrue". "When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said. In the same breath, Singh sought to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that institution of democracy was under threat in the latter’s regime. "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues. We have been fighting corruption.
There will be no compromise on corruption," he said. Former Prime Minister’s statement is seen as the reaction to former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Pradip Baijal's allegation that Singh had warned him of dire consequences if he didn't cooperate in the 2-G spectrum case.
Baijal claimed in his book that he had warned several people in the UPA-II government that investigations would bring the Prime Minister into bad light, as he had approved the actions of ministers and ministries. Former Prime Minister accepted that the economy of India had recovered in the past one year giving credit to the schemes that were formulated by the United Progressive Alliance government during their regime. "We launched many programmes and many new policies. Many of our programmes are now being copied by the Modi government.
The NDA is renaming our schemes. Talk of policy paralysis is untrue, when our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he claimed. BJP-led NDA government on the completion of one year of the governance, is alleging that the Prime Minister Office during Manmohan Singh’s regime operated by the UPA chairperson through remote control.