PM Modi made tall promises, implementation unthinkable: Manmohan Singh

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

Speaking at the concluding day of the AICC plenary session in Delhi, Sidhu, now a minister in the Congress government of Punjab, said that his 'maun' (silence) was more effective than the noise of BJP. "For that, a growth rate of 12% p.a.is necessary which is unthinkable in the current scenario".

"With regard to Pakistan, we must recognise that it is our neighbour".

Encouraging the party workers and the instrumental role of the same in winning elections, he told Rahul Gandhi that if he could unite the party workers, then he will be able to wave tri-color at the red fort. "Rahul, unite all the workers (Congress), because next year you are going to wave the flag from the Red Fort", he said.

He, however, added that Pakistan's support for anti-India terrorist groups was not acceptable.

Lauding the Congress veteran, Sidhu said the economy galloped like an Arabian horse under his watch as the prime minister. "The atmosphere is deteriorating everyday", he warned. "I say that because we have done it before and we will do it again", he said, launching a phase that could be seen as a war cry of the Congress party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "Cross-border terrorism, internal terrorism, internal insurgency; they are today issues which are a source of great worry to all our citizens as the Modi government has not found a way of tackling this problem".

The former Union minister pointed out that the Manmohan Singh government's biggest achievement was bringing 14 crore people out of poverty. Why has RBI not been able to complete the counting of currency returned? I would like to advice the RBI Governor to go to Tirupati and get the hundi [donation box kept at temples] collectors. "They count money faster than the RBI", said the former finance minister. He strongly criticised Modi for the "falsehood and canards being spread to score political points", rattling the saffron party.

He also blamed the PDP-BJP coalition government for the present dismal situation.

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