Ex PM Manmohan Singh was referring to the prolonged and deep long silence of PM Modi over the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl Asifa in Jammu’s Kathua district and also the alleged rape of a 16 year old girl by a BJP MLA in UP’s Unnao district. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hits out at Narendra Modi stating that the incumbent and quiet head of state should just ”follow his own advice” and ”speak more often” as well.
Singh was referring to the deep and prolonged silence of PM Modi over the rape and murder of an eight year old girl Asifa in Jammu’s Kathua district and the alleged rape of a 16 year old girl by a BJP MLA in UP’s Unnao district.
“I am really very happy and also glad that PM Modi finally broke his silence. I think the Prime Minister should follow his own advice to me and he should speak up more often. Through press reports I came to 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,” said Singh in an interview to leading Indian newspaper.
Singh also said that Modi’s failure to speak up sooner had allowed people to think that they could get away with such crimes. â€œI do feel that those in power and main authority right now must speak up in time so as to give a lead to their followers,â€ he said. PM Modi, on Friday, had indirectly assured the country that “no culprit will be spared” and that “our daughters will definitely get justice for the same”.
“Incidents that are being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilized society like ours. As a country, as a society we all are very sad and ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared easily for their non bailable crime, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” said the leader.
Earlier in the day, Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi had urged the PM to break his silence as it was unacceptable. Gandhi said “India is waitingâ€ for him to speak. On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi led a midnight candlelight march protesting against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah too, in a tweet, said, “Hon PM sir, there isn’t a day when we don’t hear you speak about things that are important to you yet there are times when you are completely and blissfully chose to be blatantly ignorant and also quiet and silent about things that are important to others and entire nation is waiting for it.”
Abdullah had also apparently requested the Prime Minister not to let the girl be “someone you choose to remain tight lipped and silent about”.