BJP president Amit Shah taking a jibe at former prime minister Manmohan Singh, said that, the latter respected his knowledge of economy, but a ‘chaiwala’ has done a better job than him.
Speaking at the release of a book, ‘Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor-The Maker of New India’, Shah also rejected the opposition’s criticism that Prime Minister Narendra Modi functions like an autocrat, saying his critics don’t understand the difference between “firmness and autocracy”.
“And they are teaching us economics. You (Singh) are an economist and we respect you. We have no issues with the depth of your knowledge, but a chaiwala did a better job of running the country,” Shah said.
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Heaping praise on the BJP government at the centre, he said it has not only controlled the fiscal deficit, but also brought down inflation.
“This government has been here only for five years, but I can list 30 decisions which have secured a place in the history of the country, whether it is the surgical strike, GST, demonetisation. Manmohan Singh ji left the economy at the ninth position in ten years. We brought it to the sixth position in five years and in less than six months it will climb up to the fifth spot!” said Shah.
“Anyone who is firm on his decisions and works with that vigour is not an autocrat. The one who listens to everyone runs the country better and Narendra Modi listens to everyone.”
“I want to tell those who dub Narendra Modi ji as an autocrat that you don’t know the difference between firmness and autocracy,” he said.