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Manmohan Singh alleges Centre of trying to hide truth of Chinese incursions in LAC

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 February 2022, 17:16 IST
Manmohan Singh

India’s former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday hit out at the ruling government saying that the Center has no understanding of economic policy, as China, is sitting at the border and efforts are being made to hide it.

"They (BJP) have no understanding of the economic policy. The issue is not limited to the nation. This government has also failed on foreign policy. China is sitting at our border and efforts are being made to hide the truth," said former PM.

"The issue is not just of internal tensions due to divisive politics. This government has proved a complete failure even on foreign policy," the former PM added.

Furthermore, the former Prime Minister said that Congress had never divided the nation for political gains or hidden the truth.

"On one hand, people are facing problems of inflation and unemployment, on the other, the present government, in power for the last seven and a half years, rather than admitting their mistakes and rectifying them, is still blaming first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for people's problems," Singh said.

Manmohan Singh also underlined that PM Modi should maintain dignity rather than blaming the history of Imdia as one cannot escape responsibility by blaming others.

"I feel that the PM's position has a special significance. The PM should maintain dignity rather than blaming history to escape their (BJP) failures. When I was Prime Minister for 10 years, I spoke through my work. I have never let the country lose prestige at the global level. I have never undermined India's image," he said.

During the attack on PM Modi, Manmohan Singh said that the relationships dosen't get better by giving hugs or by going to eat biryani without invitation.

The former Prime Minister further accused the BJP of "fake nationalist and divisive policies" and said its foreign policy has come to nothing.

"This government's fake nationalism is empty and dangerous. Their nationalism is based on the British policy of divide and rule. Constitutional institutions are being weakened," said Singh.

India and China have been involved in a border dispute since April-May 2020 over the transgressions by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in multiple locations, which includes the Finger area, Galwan Valley, Hot springs, and Kongrung Nala.

Following the end of 14 rounds of military talks, India and China had decided to hold the commander-level meeting at the earliest on the LAC in the Western sector to sort out the dispute between the two super powers.

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First published: 17 February 2022, 17:16 IST