"Doctor Singh (Manmohan Singh) ko log yaad karne lag gaye hain (People have started recalling the days of Manmohan Singh). The way to charaterise policies of the government is Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same," Shourie said at book launch function.
The function to launch 'Turn of The Tortoise', a book written by former Business Standard Editor-in-Chief TN Ninan, was attended by Manmohan Singh, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subranamian and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.
Pointing out differences between the present and the previous governments, Shourie said, “There is clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work."
Targeting PM Modi, the minister in the Vajpayee government said, "I feel there was never a weaker a PMO as now."
He further said, "There has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now. ...If fellows don't don't have domain expertise, that Brajesh Mishra had, LK Jha had, all these principal secretaries had, then things get stuck."
Shourie also stated, "Everybody is busy and everybody is doing very hard work, but it is not resulting in two there big things that was problem at that time(UPA government time)."
Elaborating, he said, "If you see impediments that were there in tax administration, virtually no change... Banking reform has been delayed by year and a half for no reason. So therefore this tortoise is very generous metaphor. Ye to so hi jata hai (this tortoise goes to sleep)."

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