Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech on demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha has created a buzz.
Singh on Thursday criticised the government's move to demonetise old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and highlighted the inconvenience caused to the public. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the session for the first time after government introduced the move, was seen patiently listening to his predecessor's speech.
Singh's speech garnered strong reactions with support pouring in from many quarters:
Dr Manmohan Singh is right when he says that people must not be prevented from taking their own money out of banks.— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) November 24, 2016
Two-time PM, Finance Minister, RBI Governor, Economics from Cambridge - that is Manmohan Singh. Knows more economics than BJP all together!— Aman Sharma (@AmanKayamHai_ET) November 24, 2016
Govt not allowing Ex PM Manmohan Singh to speak when everyone wants to hear one of the finest economist of this country on demonetization.— आशुतोष (@ashu3page) November 24, 2016
Trolling Manmohan Singh can't take away his contributions and praising Modi can't undone his blunders. We all know who did what for economy.— Binny (@SagarRajshi) November 24, 2016
What a boring speech by Manmohan Singh - full of facts, wisdom and humility. Unlike Modi's..which is full of lies, cheap jokes and drama!— Pankaj Mishra (@pankajmishra23) November 24, 2016
Dr. Manmohan Singh speech a home run !! Short yet effective!— arun giri (@arungiri) November 24, 2016
But needless to say, there were many hilarious reactions:
Manmohan Singh spoke slowly, softly and calmly. I've never seen him so angry.— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) November 24, 2016
Pic 1: How Manmohan Singh thinks he looks like while speaking in Parliament.Pic 2: How the world sees मनमोहन सिंह। pic.twitter.com/zq2H4prIWN— Gब्बR 🇮🇳 (@imAbhishek_J) November 24, 2016
when mom is yelling at you but she kinda has a point pic.twitter.com/oS1hjUKHR0— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) November 24, 2016
Glad Manmohan Singh ji spoke, even if he's wrong. Transformation from silent puppet to talking puppet is welcomed. Credit goes to PM Modi.— Devika (@Dayweekaa) November 24, 2016
For Those Questioning What Change Would #Demonetizaton Bring In The Society, For Starters, It Made Dr Manmohan Singh Speak For 10 mins.— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 24, 2016