Give Modi govt some time to deal with India’s economy: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that the new government should be given more time to tackle the economic situation of the country. “We should give more time to the new government,” he said.

He, however, refused to be drawn into controversy triggered by former Supreme Court judge and Chairman of Press Council of India Markandey Katju, terming it as a “futile” issue. “It is a futile issue. Former attorney general Soli Sorabjee also spoke on it. I don’t need to comment on it,” he said at an Iftar party hosted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Katju had alleged that three ex-Chief Justices of India made “improper compromises” during the UPA rule in retaining a judge in Tamil Nadu under corruption cloud.

It was alleged that the Congress had buckled under pressure from its ally, DMK, who insisted on the judge being given an extension. The NDA government had later stated in Parliament that the PMO during Manmohan Singh’s tenure had asked why the Supreme Court collegium had not recommended extension for the Madras High Court judge who was facing corruption charges after the collegium expressed its hesitation.

The Modi government has also demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a “categorical” statement on the controversial matter.

When asked about the situation in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the violent clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, Singh said, “The UP situation is worrisome.”

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