Arvind Kejriwal said it was the former prime minister who shielded India from the global economic recession in 2008. (File Photo: PTI)
As prime minister, Manmohan Singh was "thousand times" better than Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.
Showering praises on Singh, Kejriwal said it was the former prime minister who shielded India from the global economic recession in 2008 by taking a series of timely measures.
"Manmohan Singh is a good man. He was thousand times better than Modi. He is an educated man, an economist of repute. He understands the economy," he told PTI in an interview.
"In fact in late 2008, when there was global economic depression, India was perhaps the only country which was not impacted by it as Singh took a series of measures and saved the country," Kejriwal , who was a key leader of the massive anti-graft movement against the UPA government in 2011, added.
Kejriwal, who along with Anna Hazare had led a massive anti-graft agitation against UPA II between 2011 and 2013 when Manmohan Singh was the prime minister, said Modi's return to power would be "bad" for India.
The Delhi chief minister alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "totally failed" in delivering anything in any of the key sectors and that is why he has been resorting to "fake nationalism".
"Modi-ji's nationalism is fake. It dangerous for the country," he said.
"He is using the armed forces to get votes as he does not have any work to show," he alleged.
Kejriwal alleged Modi has been "influencing" people's mind through the media, large section of which, he said, the prime minister has captured by "inflicting fear", or by greed.
With PTI Inputs