BENGALURU: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government for its disastrous policies’ and ‘economic mismanagement,’ and said the country was facing crises that were avoidable. Singh attacked the government over a series of banking sector frauds, saying the money swindled almost quadrupled from Rs 28,416 crore in September 2013 to Rs 1.11 lakh crore in September 2017.“Perpetrators of these frauds meanwhile escape with impunity. The economic mismanagement of the Modi government, and I say this with great care and responsibility, is slowly eroding the trust of the general public in the banking sector,” he said. “Our nation today is experiencing difficult times. Our farmers are facing an acute crisis, our aspirational youth are not finding opportunities,” Singh told reporters here. He said the ‘unfortunate truth’ was that each of these crises was ‘entirely avoidable.’ “It pains me to see how rather than standing up to all these challenges, the government’s response has been to stifle dissent when deficiencies are pointed out,” he said.
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