NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s criticism of his nation’s “lack of democracy” and “disrespect” at the United Nations and World Bank for giving him the green light to take over the country’s economy.
The remarks came after a summit of world leaders in China where India had been accused of “lacking democracy” over the “poor” performance of the country at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The comments came after India had denied that it was the first country to declare itself a democracy after joining the WTO, an international body that is supposed to protect countries’ sovereignty.
But after the summit, Modi had accused Singh of “disappointing” India at the WTO and “stealing” his nation from his predecessor.
In a statement, the prime minister said he was disappointed by Singh’s comments.
“My thoughts are with the Prime Minister of India and with the entire Indian people,” Modi said.
“I think they (Singh and the World Bank) are not a part of India’s democratic society.
They are a part [of] an unaccountable global elite.
The Indian people deserve better.”
He added that he wanted to take India back from the global elite, which he claimed was “corrupt” and would only benefit those who benefited from it.
“We have to be able to take back our democracy, our nation, our economy from the corrupt global elite,” he said.