MUMBAI, Oct 17 - Attacking the BJP government for the current economic slowdown and rural distress, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that merely �passing the buck to Congress would not work�.
�The present government should have learned and provided credible solutions to resolve the problems confronting the Indian economy. Five-and-half years is sufficient time to solve issues...,� Singh said in a stern admonition to the government.
He said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi �talks about a lot of things, that two crore jobs will be provided, etc�, but exactly the opposite is happening.
�Now, people are losing jobs. The government believes in headline management and not taking concrete steps to resolve the problems,� Singh said sharply.
Taking a swipe at the BJP, he said that for �reaching the goal of five trillion dollar economy by 2024, the country would require a 10-12 percent GDP growth, but under the BJP government, the growth rate is declining steadily year after year�.
The internationally-acclaimed economist pointed out that with a growth rate of 5.5-6.0 per cent, economic problems would not be solved and the BJP�s goals of achieving �double-digit targets will prove to be hollow�.
Referring to the Congress stance on the abrogation of Art. 370 for Jammu & Kashmir, Singh said that the party was �opposed to the high-handed manner in which it was implemented�.
To a question, the ex-PM stated that �nobody is more patriotic than the Congress, and it doesn�t need a certificate on nationalism from anybody.
�Our role in the struggle for Independence of India is well known. BJP�s presence in the freedom was non-existent�, Singh declared. � IANS