Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, the most high-profile tenant in Assam, countered his successor Narendra Modi’s “non-performer jibe” after casting his vote in Guwahati’s Dispur area on Monday.
Singh is listed behind landlady Hemoprova Saikia and five members of her family.
Saikia, a former minister, is the widow of former chief minister Hiteswar Saikia who had made Singh – then Union finance minister – his tenant overnight to facilitate his Rajya Sabha nomination from Assam in 1991.
Singh continues to be a Rajya Sabha member from Assam, and his term ends in 2019.
“Some people are spreading misinformation that I did not pay attention to Assam while I was the prime minister. The Congress has ruled well for 15 years, and I am confident the people will vote for our performance,” Singh said after casting his vote.
Modi had, during his rallies in Guwahati, attacked Singh for doing very little for the state.
The Rajya Sabha portal shows Singh’s permanent address as house No. 3989, Nandan Nagar, Ward No. 51 in Sarumataria locality of Dispur.
But Singh has only spent a few hours at this house during his trips to Guwahati. The combined duration of his stay, the Saikias say, will be less than a week.
In 2013, Singh’s rent for the duplex worked out to a little more than Rs 700 per month, much below the market rate.