Know why Arvind Kejriwal thinks India is missing ‘educated PM Manmohan Singh’ as its head
New Delhi, June 1: There was a time when former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was publicly humiliated on many occasions by his political opponents and critics for his habit of keeping quiet on various issues (mostly corruption cases) then plaguing the country during his 10-year tenure from 2004-2014.
He was also called as "Maun(silent)mohan Singh" by none other than his successor PM Narendra Modi. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and his critics had also called him as a "remoted-controlled PM" because of the alleged interference by the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the handling of the country's administration.
It has been four years since, PM Modi took over the reins of the country after the BJP won the 2014 General Elections with a huge mandate. Over the years, things have changed a lot and many are now openly expressing their view that Singh, a scholar and an economist who is well-respected across the globe for his hold on economics, was a better PM than Modi.
Airing similar views, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday after attacking the Modi government on various issues stated that the nation is "missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh".
"People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh--PM should be educated. It's dawning on people now that the PM should be educated," Kejriwal, the convener of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and a former bureaucrat, tweeted.
His tweet is also an indirect swipe on PM Modi, whose educational qualification and ability to run the country have been questioned by Kejriwal and other members of the AAP on several occasions in the past.
Lately, Kejriwal has stopped attacking PM Modi and the BJP government at the Centre as he was bogged down by various defamation suits against him. In fact, a few months ago Kejriwal tendered apologies to various political opponents to close defamation suits against him.
People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 31, 2018
Its dawning on people now -“PM तो पढ़ा लिखा ही होना चाहिए।” https://t.co/BQTVtMbTO2
After the results of the Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls held in various states were announced on Thursday, Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi to say that the results were a reflection of people's anger against the Modi government.
The results went totally against the saffron party as it lost 11 out of 14 seats. "Till yesterday, people were asking who is an alternative to Modi, now people are saying Modi is not an alternative; first remove him," tweeted Kejriwal.
आज के नतीजे दिखाते हैं की देश भर में मोदी सरकार के ख़िलाफ़ लोगों में बहुत ज़्यादा ग़ुस्सा है।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 31, 2018
अभी तक लोग पूछते थे - विकल्प क्या है? अब लोग कह रहे हैं कि मोदी जी विकल्प नहीं हैं, पहले इन्हें हटाओ।
Those who have been closely-observing the political development of the country for a decade or so will say that Kejriwal is also one of the main voices who had attacked former PM Singh, the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, during his anti-corruption movement.
Now, Kejriwal is focusing his energies to attack the Modi government which he alleges does not allow him to run Delhi properly.
The tussle between Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal and Kejriwal is well-known. The AAP alleges that Baijal is an agent of the Modi government and is acting as a stumbling block in the governance of Delhi.