The Shiv Sena on 29 September sought to play down the “praise” lavished on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attracting foreign investments, saying the contributions of PV Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh towards bolstering India’s economy can’t be forgotten.
“Though Modi is popular in foreign countries, former premiers such as Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh laid the foundation of India’s economic progress and opened the country’s gates for other nations. How can we forget their contribution?” the Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamana.
The comment from the party, an ally of the BJP-led government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, comes in the backdrop of Modi’s address to the Indian diaspora on 28 September where the PM disapproved the culture of graft in India in a veiled attack on corruption in the former UPA regime.
While Modi spoke sarcastically of the Gandhi family in SAP center, the Sena said both the formers PMs gave direction to Indian economy when it was in a bad shape.
“Though Manmohan Singh believed in an ideology not similar to ours, we have to accept he wanted the best for our nation,” the Sena said.
The party also said a revolution in Doordarshan and the telecommunication sector first happened during the former regime of PM Indira Gandhi, which was carried forward by her son Rajiv Gandhi.
“It was Rajiv Gandhi who ushered in an era of computers and ensured that every village had phone and STD booths. He and his advisor Sam Pitroda are known as the architects of Indian telecommunication sector,” added the Sena.