Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh took on the BJP leader at an election rally on Wednesday, saying the Centre’s policy on Pakistan had failed and the PM could not live up to his promise of bringing “black money” back to the country.
“Modiji made a promise that he will bring back black money and Rs 15 lakh each will be deposited in every citizen’s account. But the BJP government failed miserably in fulfilling such a big promise made to the people of India,” the Congress leader said at the rally in Guwahati.
After storming to power in 2014, Modi said he was committed to bring back funds illegally deposited in banks outside the country to avoid tax, widely referred to as “black money”. He said the money belonged to the poor of the country.
Singh’s Congress suffered its worst ever wipeout in 2014, a boost to Modi’s goal of ending the dominance of the Congress that governed for most of the 67 years of independent India.
On Wednesday, Singh also attacked Modi over his foreign trips. “Modiji’s foreign tours are being presented as great achievement’s, but everyone knows that these foreign tours have resulted in nothing,” he said.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had recently said good days had come for Modi but not the people as the PM was more interested in foreign trips than domestic governance.
“There is a saying: doing is more important than talking. But Modiji has forgotten this basic mantra of life,” Singh said on Wednesday.
With inputs from agencies