Manmohan Singh, responding to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's comment blaming him for the bank crisis, said today that the government "is obsessed with trying to fix blame on its opponents" instead of finding solutions. The former Prime Minister also referred to the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank crisis, which has impacted 16 lakh investors, and said the BJP governments at the centre and Maharashtra were unwilling to adopt people-friendly policies.
"I have just seen the statements by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. I won't like to comment on that statement, but before one can fix the economy, one needs a correct diagnosis of its ailments and their causes. The government is obsessed with trying to fix blame on its opponent, thus it is unable to find a solution that will ensure the revival of the economy," Manmohan Singh said at a press conference in Mumbai in the run-up to the Maharashtra election on Monday.
"When I was in the office what happened did happen. There were some weaknesses. But you can't claim that the fault lies with the UPA always. You have been in office for five years. Mainly passing the buck to UPA is not enough," said Dr Singh, who was Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014.
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