Never used my office to enrich myself, family, friends: Ex-PM ManmohanFormer PM Manmohan Singh meets PM Narendra Modi at the latter's 7 Race Course Road residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PM twitter account

Never used my office to enrich myself, family, friends: Ex-PM Manmohan

27 May 2015 | 9:38 PM

NEW DELHI: Hours after slamming the NDA government, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh went to the 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister to meet him.

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Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 27

Hours after slamming the NDA government, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Singh went to the 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister to meet him.

“Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7RCR. We had a great meeting,” Modi tweeted later.

A day after ex-Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chief Pradip Baijal made startling claims about Manmohan Singh warning him of harm if he didn't cooperate on the 2G licencing issue, the latter rejected all accusations of corruption against him saying he never used his office for personal gains.

Addressing the convention of National Students Union of India, Congress' students wing here today, Singh slammed the BJP Government of "constantly harping on corruption to detract the attention of people to non issues".

Lacing his speech with aggression, which is rare of him, the former PM said: “I can submit with all humility that I never used my public office to enrich myself, my family or my friends.”

The BJP was quick to take on Singh and asked whose “family was he then enriching”.

BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar said: “Corruption of humongous proportions happened under Manmohan Singh's watch. Lakhs of crore were looted. Which family was being enriched we want to know from the former PM.”

Singh for his part steered clear of specific allegations Baijal levelled against him and instead spoke of the BJP as a government that had threatened the institutions of democracy.

Rejecting the twin charges of corruption and policy paralysis which the BJP has been levelling against the Congress-led UPA Government he headed, Manmohan Singh said the UPA had been fighting corruption.

To counter the accusation of his government being paralytic on policy, Singh said: “When we left office in 2014, we had posted the highest average annual growth rate of 8.5 per cent in 10 years, an all time record. Also we were the fastest growing economy after China. The BJP Government's own economic recovery has been slow as admitted by Chief Economic Adviser and RBI Governor. Investment is low, agriculture production and exports are declining, rural India and farmers are in distress.”

Singh, while accusing the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government of false talk about the UPA urged young Congress workers to counter the BJP campaign.

“False talk of the BJP Government about the weaknesses of the UPA must be exposed,” he said a day after the BJP dispensation completed its first year in power at the Centre. (With inputs from PTI)

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