Manmohan Singh former Prime Minister : I was not afraid of talking to press as PM

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NEW DELHI:MNN:Manmohan Singh the former Prime Minister said he used to address press meets regularly.

Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that “as Prime Minister he was never afraid of speaking to the press.”

Speaking at the launch of his book “Changing India”, the former Prime Minister also asserted that India was destined to become a major economic global power.

Manmohan Singh was speaking at the launch of his book ‘Changing India’.

Manmohan Singh, however, was evasive on his party’s loan waivers and the RBI row.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today attacked his successor Narendra Modi over his alleged reluctance to comment on contentious issues, indicating that it was unfair to brand him as “silent” when PM Modi clearly seems to be the one avoiding the media.

“People say I was a silent Prime Minister.

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But I wasn’t the Prime Minister who was afraid of talking to the press.

I met the press regularly, and after every foreign trip I undertook, I gave a press conference,” Mr Singh said on the sidelines of an event held to release his book Changing India.

“I was not the Prime Minister who was afraid of talking to the press.

I met the press regularly, and on every foreign trip that I undertook, I had a press conference on return.

“There are large number of those press conferences which have been described in the book,” he said in an apparent dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A set of five volumes, “Changing India” details his life as an economist as well as his 10-year period at the helm of the Congress-led United¬†Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

“People say I was a silent Prime Minister, but these volumes will speak for themselves.

I don’t want to boast about my achievements as a Prime Minister, but the events that took place are well described in these volumes,” he said.

“The emergence of India as a major global power is one such idea whose time has come and no power on earth can stop such an idea,” said Manmohan Singh,

Quoting Victor Hugo, whom he had quoted as the then finance minister during his historic 1991 budget speech.

Asked if the farm loan waivers by the new Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not bad economics, Singh said the commitments need to be fulfilled.
“Whatever it is, the commitments that have been made have to be honoured,” Manmohan Singh said speaking with media on the sidelines of the event.

Commenting on the ongoing RBI turmoil, the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hoped that the government would find a way to work in “harmony” with the RBI.

“We need a strong, independent RBI which has to work in close cooperation with the central government.

Manmohan Singh hope the RBI and the government would find ways to work in harmony,” he said.

Earlier, he recalled how once on his advice, former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao bypassed the Cabinet decision to devalue the rupee.
“He (Rao) signed on a handwritten note which I have preserved to this day,” he said.

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