16 telling words Manmohan Singh used to tear into #DemonetisationDisaster

After having to share airtime with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for much of his tenure, the former prime minister Manmohan Singh had the stage all to himself today, on the eve of the first anniversary of #Demonetisation, in poll-bound Gujarat.

And the Oxbridge economist expanded on his Lok Sabha intervention and used the occasion to tear into Narendra Modi in his home-state.

First, Singh did not include the current PM among the “two most extraordinary sons of Gujarat”, that honour, of course, going to Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. And then, while saying the purported former chaiwallah had forgotten Gandhi’s talisman, he used these choice words and phrases.

On DeMo

“Disastrous”

“Painful”

“Inflicted”

“Ill-advised”

“Ineffective”

“Coercive”

“Thrust upon”

“Bluster”

“Organised loot”

“Legalised plunder”

“Monumental blunder”

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On GST

“Badly designed”

“Hastily implemented”

“Complicated mess”

“Nightmare”

“Tax terrorism”

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Singh used Gandhi’s famous “talisman” to suggest that Modi, despite his claims of a modest upbringing, had lost touch with the man on the ground,

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