Receive up-to-the-minute news updates on the hottest topics with NewsHub. Install now.

Manmohan Singh saves Narendra Modi, not once but thrice: Read why and how

7 April, 2017 6:11 AM
263 29
Manmohan Singh saves Narendra Modi, not once but thrice: Read why and how

Notwithstanding the reported bitterness, former PM Manmohan Singh has not hesitated from stepping out of the Congress limits to support PM Narendra Modi on matters concerning the nation.

Notwithstanding the reported bitterness between the duo, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not hesitated from stepping out of the Congress limits to support PM Narendra Modi on matters concerning the nation. There have been at least three such occasions in the last three years when Singh backed Modi government’s initiative, or saved it from embarrassment or provided much-needed help.

Interestingly, Singh plays the dual role of being a statesman as well as a politician with near perfection. As a politician, Singh has never left an opportunity to disagree with Modi or his policies and attacked him. For example: While commenting on Modi’s claim on economic revival in 2015, Singh had jarred him saying the former was a “better even manager.”

After demonetisation, Singh stood in the Rajya Sabha and termed the move as “organised loot and plunder”. Even before Modi became the PM, Singh had told the Time magazine in January 2014 that the then Gujarat CM would be “disastrous” as Prime Minister of the country. But as a statesman and former PM of the country, Singh has backed Modi government at critical junctures. This trait of Singh puts him in a different league of present-day politicians who tend to oppose policies just for the sake of it.

In November 2015, Modi government was struggling to bring all parties to the table to discuss and pass the GST Bill in Parliament. No opposition leader appeared to be in a mood to take the discussion on the critical Bill forward. Modi government was eyeing washout of the winter session of Parliament. But came saviour Manmohan Singh, who set up a meeting between Modi and Sonia Gandhi on the request of the former. The Economic Times had then reported that Singh took an active interest in the discussion at Modi’s residence.

Singh saved Modi government and RBI governor Urjit Patel from a major embarrassment when the latter was quizzed by a parliamentary committee in January this year. Patel was summoned by the panel to testify on how the sudden demonetisation decision was planned and implemented. However, Singh, who is also a former RBI governor, advised Patel not to reply to questions that would create problems for the RBI. Especially when Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked whether “chaos” would break out if cash withdrawal limit was withdrawn, Singh told Patel: “You should not reply to that query.”

With this Singh not only saved Patel and RBI from embarrassment but also Modi government. Patel’s response would have given the opposition another fodder to attack the government.

On Thursday, Singh advised Congress leader Jairam Ramesh against seeking an amendment in the GST Bill for the sake of consensus. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley acknowledged Singh’s gesture and thanked him for the cooperation by walking up to the opposition benches in the Rajya Sabha.


Share in social networks:

Comments - 29
B Brar

9 April, 2017 6:00 PM

Very well said Sarbjit ji, some ppl are thankless. You can't expect mercy from ...... as Guru Gobind Singh ji said

B Bharat Malhan

8 April, 2017 11:11 PM

Well said mr Thomas. You have summed up a true portrait of the former PM. People take his silence as weakness . He is a great man and true son of this country!!!!

S Sultan In

8 April, 2017 10:05 PM

True that Mr. Thomas

D Democratic

8 April, 2017 9:25 PM

Letting p age of GST ??? Seriously ?

A Ab

8 April, 2017 8:30 PM

What a article. You guys would never stop licking congress .

D Dulalkrishna Basu

8 April, 2017 7:31 PM

Is MMS afraid of Coalgate?

N Np Nayar

8 April, 2017 12:12 PM

This glorification of MMS is nothing but a trash !! If this g'man is really a statesman he should not become the shoe polisher of Sonia !! Pl don't publish rubbish !!


8 April, 2017 7:00 PM

This is a great example by a senior Politician from the opposition party and even the others should learn and cooperate for the progress and development of the nation.

D Deependra Ghildyal

8 April, 2017 11:38 AM

MMS had no choice. Whatever is left of his re tion would have also been destro had he acted otherwise.

B Babubhai Vaghela

7 April, 2017 7:42 PM

Corrupt Manmohan Singh Save Criminal Narendra Modi is #ShameOfIndia.

G Guest

7 April, 2017 9:46 PM

BJP have only politicians not statesmen of Manmohan Singh's stature. BJP can never rise to such stature other than playing political games.

N Nagarajan

7 April, 2017 7:17 PM

He has shown that he is more a statesman. Such people won't get votes for Lok Sabha because these leaders cannot fix problems of voters who want illegal action legalised

S Suchita

7 April, 2017 7:15 PM

Such acts and selfless efforts in the path of nation building is praiseworthy. Hope to see more and more of such features from both the ends. It gives confidence in the system to a common person like me.

M Mohan

7 April, 2017 7:22 PM

It wud have been disastrous to Congress had they blocked bill for sake of opposition...this was last opportunity to revive image of party...

K Kanu

7 April, 2017 6:26 PM

Why in India we stereotype everything? Just because he is in opposition he is designated to oppose and disrupt ? Why the taxpayer is always the last priority? Isn't that the reason MMS and everyone else in parliament has the duty to serve the interest of its citizen and not the interest of their party or a political family.

T Tuff Guy

8 April, 2017 1:55 AM

Don't agree....MMS was puddle of Sonia hi....they looted country together for decades..

Varadarajan Swaminathan

7 April, 2017 6:15 AM

Manmohan singh will act logically when Sonia or Rahul is not around. Manmohan Singh could speak his mind in Rajya Sabha, where both Rahul & Sonia are not around.

S Sat

7 April, 2017 6:14 AM

He is doing all this because feku would have promised him that be will not be framed in 2g, coal scam.. etc.

U Utthamarajan

7 April, 2017 6:13 AM

Good to see the developments. Nice gentleman was misused by his party. My respectful congratulations to the great man Manmohanji

I Indian

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

If this guy was running the show instead of alla-command, we would have a different India.

R Rohit Kumar

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

Indian express sucks - leftist anti development media sucks - off and leave us in peace.

R Rahul Sharma

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

Bjp opposed gst while in opposition. MMS always wanted it irrespective of who's in power in the greater interest of the economy. Respect!

A Ashok Joawn

8 April, 2017 12:12 AM

Greatness is not a function of cir stances. Greatness , it turns out , is largely a matter of choice. Manmohan Singhji hats off to you! Modiji apne bhaiyon aur behnon aur mitron se sikiye!

L Lalit

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

Just 3 things omg its so much for the nation what abt coal scam 2g scam supporting corrupt cong minister list is endless n playing at the hands of sonia He was the most corrupt n useless pm india ever had

N Narayana

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

It is bull

C C Gunasekaran

7 April, 2017 9:45 PM

Perhaps modiji would react in foreign nation during the next visit to abroad.

S Sushil Thomas

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

Manmohan Singh is a highly educated, cultured and an honest and seasoned statesman. His subdued and soft spoken style of governance was often misconstrued as a weakness. MMS has his own rational & prudent logic in whatever he does and just because he not loud, boastful, insolent and brash does not mean that his is timid and without a voice of his own. He is great human and was an equally great Prime Minister.

S Sarbjit

7 April, 2017 6:12 AM

Sikhs are known to always stand for the right, even paying the price for that as an individual or community. The community for which they made supreme sacrifices and freed their temples and womenfolk from Mughal aggression is out to even finish Sikh iden y. Modi ji need not learn to take bath wearing rain coat from great former PM but his statesmanship qualities.

U Uday

7 April, 2017 6:11 AM

It's really good one from Manmohan Singh, first comes country and later party, politicians shd take leaf out from Manmohan Singh