Congress leader and Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday publicly apologised to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his past remarks on him, terming him both "a Sardar and also Asardar (effective)".
"The BJP-led government messed up the Indian economy".
Singh, who mostly remains silent, emerged as one of the strong voices against the Modi government especially a year ago during the Gujarat assembly elections when he tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They count money faster than you.
The Modi Government inherited a strong economy. I would like to tell the RBI officials why don't you go to Hundi collectors in Tirupati?
Speaking at the party's plenary session, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also accused the government of pulling people of the country into poverty after the government implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST). "It is a jumla-type statement unlikely to be achieved", he charged.
"Demonetisation was a big lie", Chidambaram said.
"There are today issues which are a source of great worry to all our citizens", the former Prime Minister said. Noting the cut in the defence budget, Dr Singh said: "The defence expenditure of our country is no more than 1.6 per cent of our GDP. This is far too inadequate to meet the challenges of our security apparatus and our needs", he said.
He also blamed the PDP-BJP coalition government for the present dismal situation. "The atmosphere is deteriorating day in and day out".
Five members of a family were today killed and two others injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a senior police officer said. "We will come back to power with friends and allies", he added, referring to Rahul Gandhi who took over the reigns of the grand old party in December. It led the freedom struggle and guided India towards development after Independence.