Manmohan Singh: Narendra Modi Would Be “Disastrous” As India’s PM

In unusual press conference, India's incumbent leader lashes out at rival party candidate

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures during the ceremonial reception of Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Jan. 2, 2014 in New Delhi, India

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at opposition leader Narendra Modi on Friday, telling reporters that a Modi prime ministership would be “disastrous” for the country.

“If by strong prime minister you mean you preside over the mass massacre of innocent citizens on the streets of Ahmedabad,” he said in a rare press conference on Jan. 3, “I do not believe that that this country needs that kind of strength.”

Modi, chief minister (CM) of the Western state of Gujarat, is campaigning to be India’s next leader on a platform of bringing the same administrative efficiency and economic development on a national scale he has introduced in Gujarat. But his rise in Indian politics has been controversial, since as many as 2,000 Muslims were killed in riots that erupted in Gujarat in 2002 when he was the state’s new CM. Critics have long alleged that, at worst, Modi incited the attacks and, at best, did not do enough to stop them. Modi has always denied all such accusations.

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It was a surprisingly aggressive stance from the soft-spoken Singh, perhaps setting a more forceful tone to come from the ruling Congress Party ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. Congress recently suffered a major defeat in several state elections, including in the capital region, and is up against a surge of attention on its rival Bharatiya Janata Party, whose candidate is Modi.

Singh, who is nearing the end of his second term, also said in a speech that he would not serve a third term after the spring polls. “In a few months time, after the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new Prime Minister,” Singh said.

Congress has yet to announce a prime ministerial candidate to go head to head with Modi, but Singh told reporters that “Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated and I hope our party will take the decision at an appropriate time.”

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21 comments
SridharReddy
SridharReddy

Manmohan himself is truely a big disaster to the country.  He could not read countries health / progress properly.  He was telling about himself as disaster instead by mistake he told modi's name since the world knows how greately progressive modi was in gujarat,  Manmohan the biggest scamster of India

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

U keep mentioning the massacre of Ahmedabad, but Y do U forget the massacre of Sikhs by Ur own Party back after Mrs.Indira Gandhi's assassination Mr.Singh?


And, coming to the performance, what did U do except promoting a deadly silence when the Country is going to dogs.  Now when the statistics of Growth and Inflation are screaming on Ur face, U expect the historians to be kinder than the present Media.  Mr.Manmohan Singh!  It's NOT the media but the people of India who are here to judge U, Ur GOVT and Ur Sycophancy towards Ur Italian Madam and his beloved Half-Blood Prince of Son.


Ur GOVT has given only scams and disaster to this country in the past TEN long years of Ur tenure.  TEN years is a pretty long time for a developing country into nation building, which were wasted in scams, indecisiveness and agitations.  U r a FAILURE and have got no moral right to pass a judgement on anybody.

KamalBhandari
KamalBhandari

Narendra Modi would be less disastrous for country than Manmohan Singh led UPA has proved to be. Yes he would prove to be “Disastrous” for Congress in 2014 general elections to parliament. NaMo... NaMo...

vaishnavjagdip
vaishnavjagdip

People of India are being tortured by  misrule of UP govt.Corruption, increasing crime rate, inflation

have made life of common man  miserable


All major scams have taken place under the nose of UPA govt, however traced out by CAG, CVC & Electronic media

Govt has eve criticised constitutional bodies , even Hon'ble court decisions.


Govt is failed to recover siphoned of billions of Public money from scamsters, Govt could not bring back unaccounted money lying in foreign Banks ,Public sector Banks have alarming amount of bad loans worth of Rs 1,60,000 core,Public money is lost ,still govt claims 'Govt for common man'


Govt failed to realize , Democracy is  Govt for /by  the /of the people & real achievement in democratic govt is public a7 not personal gain. Govt to remain in power ,pampered coalition parties, kept blind eye over rampant corruption ,this is against public interest ,  against democracy

NageshJadhav
NageshJadhav

He has belittled the highly regarded position of PM of India

Holding one of the highest constitutional position in India during the last speech our PM had an opportunity to regret and apologise for the dismal state of affairs- bad economy, mis-governance, poor administration, inflation, etc. And he only has to say that I have not used this PM position to benefit my relatives or close ones, so whats a big deal in it. Never did he s...peak of what UPAI-UPAII did for the country in their 9 years of rule, btw how could he and what have they (UPAI & UPAII) done..... Instead, he takes a jibe at the oppositions PM candidate, how saddening and regretable is that. He disregarded the supreme court and the highcourts verdict of Narendra Modis acquittal and has thus disrespected another one of the highest constitutional body. With no surprise he was keyed and I don't think it was all his view in his speech and his sagiousness.

So what was the speech about Manmohan Singhs Tenure as a PM or Narendra Modi...

jaswordpress
jaswordpress

"Bury the past in the Present for a better Future" - Vipin Chand Bomb.

If Godhra was an unfortunate event in the history of mankind, then why and how can we forget Sikh riots of 1984 or the Muzzafar nagar riots?

It`ll be highly unfair to not give BJP a chance who are highly capable  of putting India on growth track, provide employment, think of  international business strategies and act on the security of the country & womens.

And what did Congress do in 10 years they had? Took India back by at least by 20 years?

KavitaC
KavitaC

For your kind information, India's supreme court has given clean cheat to Narendra Modi in 2002 riot. Secondly, what about proven allegations on congress ruled government up on Sikh riots of Delhi Amrutser? 

Do people of Gujarat state blind ? giving continuous vote for Namo. 

Modi will not disaster but highly corrupted UPA was disaster hence people of Indian states has rejected in recent election.

MikeGhouse
MikeGhouse

MODI'S NAKSHATRAS ARE NOT IN HIS FAVOR NOW


Narendra Modi's Nakshatras (stars) are not in his favor, and the Grahan (eclipse) is hovering over him like a dark shadow casting its Rahu Kala (inauspicious times). His run for the Prime Ministership is ashubh (unlucky) for the 2014 elections. We recommend him to withdraw from the race, finish the current term as the Chief Minister of the state and lay a solid foundation for the next run.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Narendra-Modi-s-Nakshatras-by-Mike-Ghouse-Anti-christian_Bharatiya-Janata-Party_Business_Congress-131227-999.html

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Well said Dr. Singh! The BJP and the Modi brigade will tell you how well he has governed Gujarat. So does Putin and Hu Jintao. A man with scant respect for for dissenters, vindictive to the core, deeply suspicious of people around him and brainwashed in RSS ideology can be not just disastrous but worse. The snooping of an innocent woman, using elaborate State Police machinery shows that Modi cannot even become Prime Minister of a Banana Republic, let alone India

amanisword
amanisword

Well, in 2nd last para, last line , the sentence should read, .....I will hand over the baton to a new Prime Minister."  Time mag has highest standards of English reporting.

BansalMishra
BansalMishra

Narendra Modi's prime minister-ship would be “Disastrous” for the country. Absolutely right.



Kumbha
Kumbha

It was a master stroke to divert attention from the utter failures and astronomical scandals his government was facing. World and India is used to terrorist attacks, explosions and react in a calibrated manner. Public expect the government agencies to act according to gravity of the event and the resources available to them. But a train being stopped by a mob a boggy isolated and torched causing mass murder, public is bound to react. The riots were controlled with firm hands where many rioters fell to police and army bullets. It is perceived that Mr. Modi was complicit in the riots and the the interested parties keeping this perception alive. Nobody reports that there were no riots in Mr. Modi's rule thereafter. The occurrence of riots in India has come down drastically after 2002, credit goes to how the riots were handled in 2002 in Gujrat. 


From an eminent person like Dr.Manmohan Singh it was not expected and he will regret it

brazeesh
brazeesh

You have quoted wrong numbers, when quoting riot figures. No official records shows 2000 killings. Even Wikipedia writes deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus. All the lies you are speaking day-in-day out will kill your journalism, as many are already on the verge of dying, due to cronic hate mongering.


None can be bigger than the Court Verdicts. Supreme Court monitored SIT, Amiecus curie, and repeated appeals and refusal by courts of not finding any complicity of him in any form, attached with the riots is the real truth.


These days, Media with their own vested interests, considers themselfs even bigger than Supreme Court.

HemantBavle
HemantBavle

First thing, those accusing Modi of riots should also know that he has been given clean chit from all the accusations. The accusations were baseless. Official figures were between 900 - 1100 deaths(these were presented in Parliament, and are on record). PM may be a nice man, but he could have taken the charge for handling the corruption, which he didn't. Now calling Modi disastrous, he is also disrespecting the mandate of people of Gujarat, at least we don't expect it from a "Nice" man. I didn't want to criticize my leader on an international media, but the Prime Minister's statement forced me to do so.

extremetech89
extremetech89

@MikeGhouse  Hmm......i have seen so many astrologers talking about Modi in 2014 and u r da 1st one to present an unfavourable review !! While almost every astrologer here is saying the time is Auspicious and Modi will become the Prime Minister in may 2014.....read this

http://futureprimeminister.blogspot.in/

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@amanisword  What's wrong with the sentence ... "I will hand the baton over to a new Prime Minister,”?  And What U pointed was the FIFTH paragraph.

ithinampassi
ithinampassi

@BansalMishra Why? He is proven and committed leader and he is the hero of the masses in India. It is disaterous to congress and pakistan.

ithinampassi
ithinampassi

@brazeesh Congress is just desperate. This man MM Singh is the weakest and worst performer as PM in India's history, 

Maaq
Maaq

@ithinampassi You must be out of your mind, A tea boy disastrous to Pakistan.

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@Maaq "...take T off from TEA ... and put a P ..." that's called replacing. 

So if U replace 'T' with 'P' in TEA, it'll become 'PEA'. That'll be the size of Ur brain.

Maaq
Maaq

Don't be so mad Dear Nanda, "Tumne Pukara Aur Hum Chale Aaye." We are to follow you to shamshan ghat.

Well any ways if you take T off from TEA BOY and put a P in there, see what it becomes.