New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah has hit out at former prime minister Manmohan Singh for saying he had never misused his office for personal gains.
Speaking at a function, Shah said the former PM's job was not just to himself remain honest but also stop others from doing corruption.
“The nation had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crores during Manmohan Singh's regime. How can Congress run away from that fact?” he asked.
The BJP president reminded the former PM that the multi-crore coal scam happened during his tenure.
“By auctioning 229 coal mines, more than Rs 2 lakh crore have been added to the nation's treasury. This shows that there was a tremendous loss before,” he stated.
Speaking at a national convention of the National Students Union of India, Singh said today, “I have never misused my public office to enrich myself, to enrich my family or to enrich my friends.”
The remarks came just a day after reports emerged that former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal, in his self-published tell-all book 'The Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power and Private Enterprise - A Practitioner's Diary', has claimed that Manmohan Singh as the then prime minister had warned him of "harm" if he didn't cooperate in the allocation of 2G spectrum.