Don’t need sermons from Manmohan who presided over “the greatest loot”: Naidu
Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that there was no need to take sermons from Manmohan Singh who “presided over the greatest loot in the country’s history”.
Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, had called entire process of demonetisation a “monumental mismanagement” and an “organised loot”.
Naidu, Highlighting the scams that took place under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led UPA regime said, “Today some Congress people are saying hear the advice of Manmohan Singh. Before asking the Prime Minister or the government to follow his advice, what is it Manmohan Singh has done during his regime? Manmohan Singh has also given a comment that this is an open loot. What is open loot? He presided over the greatest loot in the country’s history – coal scam, 2G scam, Commonwealth scam, sugar scam, urea scam, defence scam, Agusta helicopter scam. If I continue the count, I have to continue up to evening.”
Naidu alleged that most of the scams happened when Manmohan Singh was the prime minister. “He presided over the scam regime. He presided over the great loot which looted and cheated the country. Do we need such advice from such people, such party and such government?” Naidu added.
He said that Prime Minister Modi-led government has given scam-free governance to the nation, and claimed that there is no scam, scandal or black market in the country. “There is no need for us to learn lessons from the Congress Party, which is having a dubious record of loot and cheat. Let them not dare to give us sermons,” Naidu said.
Manmohan Singh had said that he did not disagree with his successor’s objective of curbing black money but pointed out that in the process of demonetisation, monumental mismanagement has been undertaken.
Replying to Singh’s criticism Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said he was “not surprised” that “those who ran the government between 2004 and 2014 never considered the biggest corruption scandals during their rule a blunder but were calling steps to curb corruption and black money a blunder”.