A week after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi has admitted to being a serial copycat.
Mr Modi’s team at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) admitted in a statement that Mr Modi had copied his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s speech and written a speech that he had copied and pasted from the Prime Ministers speech of 2011, while copying the speech of Mr Singh’s prime ministerhip.PMO spokesperson Rajeev Shukla said in a written statement: “While the PMO has not received any specific allegations of plagiarism, Mr Modi’s use of his speech, speech notes, and other documents in the run up to the general election is inconsistent with the manner in which the speech was delivered, as well as with the expectations and expectations of the nation.
He has also failed to comply with the requirements of his oath as PM of India and the Prime Ministry of India.”
He has since apologised and has vowed to do better.
In the same statement, Mr Shuklas said the PM was “not aware of any specific allegation of plagiarised speech”.
He added: “PMO will ensure that the PM does not repeat his behaviour in the future.
This is in line with our expectations of all leaders.”
Prime Minister Modi has been under intense scrutiny from the media since he was elected to power in May 2014, and his response to criticism has been one of the most polarising parts of his mandate.
His critics say his response has been a calculated attempt to win the confidence of voters ahead of the general elections in 2019, when he will seek a second term as prime minister.
Mr Singh’s 2010 speech at the National Assembly was widely seen as a blueprint for the way the country will move forward in the 21st century, but it also drew flak for its lack of economic development and the fact that the government did not tackle the root causes of poverty in the country.
In his speech to the National Legislature, Mr Singh said: “In a world where more and more countries are becoming dependent on us for their development, it is incumbent upon us to lead by example.
It is time for us to change the way we live and work.
India must be able to achieve its destiny without foreign help.”
Mr Modi, who took over as prime Minister after the resignation of Mr Manmoch Singh, has been criticised for making a number of controversial statements.