Congress plenary session: Former PM Manmohan Singh slams NDA on Kashmir


"This is only jumla [empty promises] and tall claims made by PM Modi". Modiji made many fall promises during the campaign, but did not fulfil any.

"The Modi government was presented with a golden opportunity to catapult India's economic growth to a new high through a near flawless alignment of stars-an upswing in the economy, macro-economic stability after the upheaval of the 2008 global financial crisis, low oil prices (from over $100 to under $40 per barrel), robust global economic growth and an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha".

He said India should send warnings to Pakistan, and our defense expenditure, "1.6% of the GDP", is "far too inadequate".

"With regard to Pakistan, we must recognise that it is our neighbour". That certainly is not acceptable to us. "We should warn Pakistan that their actions are detrimental to peace and prosperity", Singh added. "And the two countries must sort out all problems sitting together peacefully and give up this path of support of terrorist elements emanating from across our border", he said. Modi government has mismanaged the Kashmir issue like never before.

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Speaking at the event, former PM Manmohan Singh said, "The atmosphere (in J&K) is deteriorating every day".

"The atmosphere is deteriorating day in and day out, it's obvious from the fact that our borders are insecure, be it cross border terror or internal", he added. "There are today issues which are a source of great worry to all our citizens". "That's not going to happen". He also said that the inherent difference between the two parties, BJP and PDP, "they have installed a government where the two wings of the administration are working against each other".

Moreover, the resolution passed at the Congress Plenary session has advocated reverting to paper ballots instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), debarring defectors from contesting elections for six years and referred to the "disquiet in the functioning of the judiciary". If you want to do that, you need a growth rate of 12 percent per annum, which is not possible. And that is unthinkable. "We have not seen even two lakh jobs", Manmohan Singh asked. Senior party leaders, in the presence of the high command, talked about infighting and how "it's Congressmen who defeat the Congress", while young leaders of the party shared the podium at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi.