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Manmohan Singh: Narendra Modi Needs To Speak Up & On Time

He said Modi's silence and the State government's blind eye towards law and order situation would cost them in 2019 general elections.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to see changes in the system of law and order, he would need to speak up on time; follow his own advice which he had given to Singh against being maun (silent).

He said Modi’s silence and the State government’s blind eye towards law and order situation would cost them in 2019 general elections.

Singh said he was distressed after the Kathua and Unnao rape case reports to which Narendra Modi took weeks to respond to. Singh said it’s time now that Modi should follow his own advice to him and speak more often on cases such as these. “I do feel that those in authority must speak up in time (so as) to give a lead to their followers,” he said.

An eight-year-old child was gang-raped in Kathua, Jammu; a woman was raped in Unnao allegedly by BJP MLAs and her father beaten to death in police custody, but Modi did not react until Rahul Gandhi took out a candlelight protest and outrage in national and international media reached a crescendo.

Referring to the Unnao case, Singh told The Indian Express that under BJP regime, BJP MLAs were also facing allegations of rape of a minor.

“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 said Modi’s silence could make culprits feel they can get away with anything. He mentioned that in the wake of Nirbhaya protests in 2012, the Congress party had made amends in rape laws.

“People are misusing the authority of the government. They think they can get away with it…law and order is the responsibility of State governments. The BJP government at the Centre could send instructions to its State governments to ensure that law and order is properly enforced, and minorities and Dalits and women are treated properly,” he said.

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