Manmohan Singh Lashes Out at Narendra Modi Govt, Says 'Rising Intolerance, Mob Violence Propelled by Hatred Will Damage the Polity of India'
Dr Manmohan Singh and PM Narendra Modi. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi, August 20: Former Prime Minister and newly elected Rajya Sabha MP Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday attacked the Union government over "rising intolerance, communal polarisation and growing incidents of violent crime in the country." He also claimed that under the Modi government, hatred of certain groups and mob violence was leading to the damage of polity of India.

Addressing a seminar on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi's 75th death anniversary, Dr Singh said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "Country has been witnessing some disturbing trends over the past few years. These trends of growing intolerance, communal polarisation, growing incidents of violent crimes propelled by hatred of certain groups and mob violence can only damage our polity." Manmohan Singh Elected to Rajya Sabha Unopposed From Rajasthan

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This is not the first time that Dr Singh has attacked the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Previously, too, Dr Singh had criticised the ruling dispensation on the economic slowdown. He had said that the Indian economy is "over-regulated" and that government controls and interferences are aplenty with even regulators having "morphed into controllers".

Singh had also stated that BJP government lacks vision or understanding of the country's dynamics of the economy.

Citing the reasons for an economic slowdown, the noted economist had claimed that declining growth of private consumption, tepid increase in fixed investment and muted exports are the key factors which have led to GDP growth figures for this quarter (January–April) standing at just 6.5 per cent.