LIVE: Attitude of suspecting everyone damaging to democratic discourse

New Delhi, Oct 7: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will addressing small businessmen on GST and other issues and is already addressing the media on Tuesday to boost the Congress's prospects in the Gujarat elections.

Singh will take part in an interactive session on the current state of economy with businessmen and traders during his visit. Here are the LIVE updates of his speech:

-This attitude of suspecting everyone to be thief or anti-national, low level rhetoric is damaging to democratic discourse: Manmohan Singh

-By questioning bullet trains does one become anti-development? Does questioning GST & Demonetisation make one a tax evader?: Manmohan Singh

-When undertaking endeavour of 1 nation 1 tax if PM had taken inspiration from resolve of great Sardar Patel, outcome would've been diffenet-Singh

-Did PM consider alternative of the high speed train by upgrading broad gauge railway?: PM Manmohan Singh in Ahmedabad

-Bullet train, launched with much fan fare, is an exercise in vanity: Former PM Manmohan Singh

-Unprecedented growth of imports by over Rs 45,000 Cr, a 23% increase in a year,can be attributed largely to demonetisation,GST: Manmohan Singh

-I can proudly say that we lifted 140 million people out of poverty: Manmohan Singh

-In 1st half of 2016-17 India's imports from China stood at Rs 1. 96 Lakh Crore. In 2017-18 it increased to Rs 2.41 Lakh Cr: Manmohan Singh

-The fear of tax terrorism has eroded the confidence of Indian business to invest: Manmohan Singh

-We had to run for Chinese imports at the cost of Indian jobs: Manmohan Singh on  Demonetisation, GST

-This twin, Demontisation and GST blow is complete disaster for our economy, it has broken the back of our small businesses: Manmohan Singh

- I repeat what I said in the parliament, this was organised loot and legalised plunder: Manmohan Singh

-To promote less cash economy coercive steps like Demonetisation are ineffective: Manmohan Singh

-No where in the world has any nation taken such a drastic step that sweeped off 86% of the currency: Manmohan Singh on Demonetisation

-Tomorrow we mark one year since the disastrous policy was thrust on the people of our country: Manmohan Singh in Ahmedabad

-8th November was a black day for our economy & indeed our democracy: Former PM Manmohan Singh in Gujarat

His visit comes a day before Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's likely tour of Surat as the Congress marks the first demonetisation anniversary on November 8 as 'black day'.

The session has been organised at the Sardar Patel Memorial in Shahibaug area in the morning, the party said.

After the event, the Congress leader will address a press conference at the state party headquarters, it added.

The former prime minister is visiting Gujarat at a time the state is witnessing a heated campaigning for the assembly polls.

Rahul Gandhi has already toured the state multiple times in the last few months and addressed a number of rallies.

The note ban has been a recurring theme of Gandhi's speeches.

It is expected that the economist-politician would touch upon various aspects related to note-ban as well as the implementation of GST and its impact on the economy during his interaction with the business community.

Gjarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, goes to polls on December 9 and 14.
News24Bureau with Agencies