First, Narendra Modi questioned Manmohan’s well-earned reputation as a finance whiz. "During the Narasimha Rao government, he was the finance minister when India’s biggest share scam, committed by Harshad Mehta, occurred. Now he is PM and Satyam scam has occurred," Modi said at a Gandhinagar rally. "Is it the result of his economic policies or something else?"
From then on, various talking heads, from Arun Jaitley to Ravi Shankar Prasad, picked holes in the UPA government’s economic record, especially in the construction of highways. The next arrow was the huge fiscal deficit staring the next government in the face, the prospects of the next government inheriting a bankrupt treasury.