‘Will he speak only for Election purposes?’ Nirmala Sitharaman attacks Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacking Singh also stated that the National Stock Exchange scam took place during the UPA’s rule.

Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Finance Minister on Thursday hit back at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the latter attacked the Modi government on the issue of handling the economy. In a scathing attack, Sitharaman stated that the former Prime Minister is known to have brought the country to a fragile five and rampant inflation during his term. Taking a dig at Manmohan Singh, the finance minister asked “Will he speak only for Election purposes?”

Referring to the recent revelations about former NSE chief Chitra Ramkrishna having taken guidance of a ‘Himalayan Yogi’ in running the country’s biggest stock exchange, Sitharaman said “Mr. Singh was not even aware how the bourse was being run for so long when he was in power.” She further went on to say “I have great regards for you (Singh). I did not expect this from you and I am very hurt by your statement.”

Singh, on Thursday, in a recorded video in Punjabi, attacked the Modi government regarding the handling of the country’s economy. The former Prime Minister and Congress leader said that the short-sighted policies of this government had led people to suffer from the falling economy, unemployment, and rising inflation. Singh further attacked the BJP-led government on the foreign policy front and also alleged that Chinese soldiers have been occupying our pious land for the last one year but efforts are being made to suppress this issue.
Taking the charge from the government’s side, Sitharaman said that the current dispensation always takes immediate measures to control prices of essential items, and that is why inflation figures have been much better under its term than the Congress-led UPA government. She also compared data on export, FDI, and inflation during the Modi government with Singh’s dispensation to assert that economic indicators are much better now.

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