On Thursday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh criticised the Narendra Modi government over its surprise move to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes. In uncharacteristically strong words, the mild-mannered Singh called demonetisation "organised loot and legalised plunder," adding that it was a "monumental management failure."
Dismissing the government's defence that in the long run demonetisation would be good for the country, Singh said, "For those saying this is good in the long run, it reminds me of John Keynes' words, 'In the long run we are all dead'."
The strong speech by the former Prime Minister didn't go unnoticed and social media had something to say.
Manmohan Singh spoke slowly, softly and calmly. I've never seen him so angry.— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) November 24, 2016
when mom is yelling at you but she kinda has a point pic.twitter.com/oS1hjUKHR0— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) November 24, 2016
What a boring speech by Manmohan Singh - full of facts, wisdom and humility. Unlike Modi's..which is full of lies, cheap jokes and drama!— Pankaj Mishra (@pankajmishra23) November 24, 2016
Govt not allowing Ex PM Manmohan Singh to speak when everyone wants to hear one of the finest economist of this country on demonetization.— आशुतोष (@ashu3page) November 24, 2016
Manmohan Singh: "Demonetisation's been a monumental management failure"— Akshar (@AksharPathak) November 24, 2016
"Should've done what I did"
You've gotta say one thing. Manmohan Singh definitely makes for a better face of opposition than a Rahul Gandhi or Kejriwal.— Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) November 24, 2016
Manmohan used like more than 8 words a minute so you know he's really really angry— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) November 24, 2016
Two-time PM, Finance Minister, RBI Governor, Economics from Cambridge - that is Manmohan Singh. Knows more economics than BJP all together!— Aman Sharma (@AmanKayamHai_ET) November 24, 2016
One may differ with Dr.Manmohan Singh's politics. But everyone respects him as an economist. His forecast of 2 ℅ decline in GDP is worrying.— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) November 24, 2016
Pic 1: Manmohan Singh during UPA Government— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) November 24, 2016
Pic 2: Manmohan Singh during BJP Government pic.twitter.com/BYqXaRxUK7
Aur jo kai Ghanto tak lagataar bolte hain, wo chuppi lagaye baithe hain! Unki bhi Jai Ho. :) https://t.co/sr4wytG9xf— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) November 24, 2016
Today, Manmohan Singh quoted John Keynes saying "in the long run, we are all dead". Modi replied by quoting John Cena "you can't see me" 😂— Rofl Gandhi 100k (@RoflGandhi_) November 24, 2016
When u see you ex with new bf!! pic.twitter.com/CDJna3KubR— ♤The Mask ☆ (@Mr_LoLwa) November 24, 2016
*Narendra Modi becomes PM*— Avinash Iyer (@IyerAvin) November 24, 2016
Headline ideas, in retrospect: DeManmohanetisation
Some criticised the speech.
Powerful speech by Manmohan Singh. Standing ovation to him for reminding us organized plunder and legalized loot like 2G, Coal, CWG scams— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) November 24, 2016
OMG! Respected Manmohan Singh ji not only speaking in Rajya Sabha,but he even discussing the pblms of common man.Biggest achievement of Modi— Paresh Rawal fαи (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) November 24, 2016
Yes, Manmohan Singh is a great economist, that's why when got two chances to lead India he supported all kind of scams available in book.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) November 24, 2016
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