New Delhi, April 18: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his long silence over Kathua and Unnao rape cases, saying the incumbent head of state should “follow his own advice” and “speak more often”.
In an interview to the Indian Express, Singh said he was glad that Modi finally broke his silence last Friday at Delhi commemorating the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar when he stated the “daughters of India” will get justice and the guilty won’t be spared.
“But I think the Prime Minister should follow his own advice to me and he should speak more often. Through press (reports) I know that he used to criticize me for not speaking up. I feel that the advice that he used to give me, he should follow it himself”, he asserted.
The Former Prime Minister also cornered J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for handling the rape and murder case of the 8-year-old girl.
Singh stated, “She could have handled this more seriously, taken matters into her hands right from the beginning and taken a firm stand” to bring the guilty to book without any delay.
He said that there may have been pressures on her from her coalition partner, the saffron party, to go slow, especially since two BJP ministers — they have since stepped down — in her government had come out in favour of the rape accused.
“There are bound to be pressures…but if it is carried to such an extent that you can condone the sad demise of an eight-year-old girl having been raped and kept for a week in a temple, that is the most shocking thing,” he added.
On April 13, Modi said “The incidents that are in discussion in the country for the last two days do not reflect good for any civilised country. This is shameful”.