Congress Leader Manish Tewari allegedly stated that Manmohan Singh was not a “Weak” Prime minister, but for some reasons, he decided not to assert himself during the second term of the UPA government.
Mr Tewari said while responding to questions after a book launch event, “My personal take is that Manmohan Singh was not a weak Prime Minister.”
“Had he been a weak PM, he wouldn’t have gone ahead with the civil nuclear deal. But for some strange reasons, he decided, during the second term of the UPA, not to assert himself.”
Thrashing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Shamshan-Kabristan’ remark, he said it doesn’t expect the Prime minister to post such things.
He said, “I will try and be non-partisan, but unfortunately when you are seeing the Prime Minister of the country bringing down the discourse to ‘shamshan’ and ‘kabristan’, it does not really augur well for the institution of the PM…It is one thing when you are campaigning to become the PM and it’s another thing when you are the PM. Therefore, when you speak as the PM, in every action, every articulation of yours, that statesmanship should come out.”
This statement came days after PM Modi had stressed that there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste and religion and further added, “ if there is electricity in graveyard and Durin Ramzan, it must also be available in a crematorium and during Diwali”, During a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh.