Alleging that the environment in the country's universities and national institutions like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have been vitiated under BJP-led NDA government, former PM Manmohan Singh on Friday launched a direct attack on PM Modi.
Manmohan Singh accused his successor of failing the electorate and eroding voters' faith.
Speaking at the launch event of Shashi Tharoor's book 'The Paradoxical Prime Minister' in New Delhi, Manmohan Singh questioned PM Modi's silence over various issues.
"In 2014, Narendra Modi was elected 14th prime minister of India on the back of many lofty promises he made to the people of India. In the past four years, Modiji and his government have failed the electorate and eroded their voters' faith," Manmohan Sing said.
"He (Modi) has spoken of being a prime minister for all Indians but the government he presides over has been mostly silent in the face of widespread communal violence, mob lynching and cow vigilantism," the former PM said.
Referring to the current crisis in the CBI where the top two bosses of the agency were divested of their powers and sent on leave by the government, Manmohan Singh said that the environment in universities and national institutions like the CBI is being vitiated.
(With inputs from PTI)