Rahul showers praises on PM at Punjab rally

Sangrur (Punjab), Oct 10 : Having embarrassed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by terming a government ordinance on convicted politicians as "nonsense", Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday showered praises on him, saying "what he (prime minister) had done for the country, no one has done".

Addressing a public rally near this Punjab town, Rahul Gandhi said: "You (Punjab) have given Manmohan Singh to us. What Manmohan Singh has done for the country, no one else has done."

"I have two gurus in politics. The Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) and Manmohan Singh. Punjab has given one of these gurus," Rahul told the gathering.

Rahul, who recently said in New Delhi that the ordinance on convicted politicians, brought by the Manmohan Singh government, was "nonsense" and need to be "torn and thrown", had a faint smile on his face as he broached the controversial remark on the ordinance.

He said: "I was joking with the prime minister after the ordinance (controversy) and I told him what was in my heart. I told him what we have learnt from you."

Pointing out that clear intentions and conscience were needed in politics, Rahul said: "Manmohan Singh has clear intentions."

The Congress leader said the UPA government had empowered the common people of the country through its programmes like right to information (RTI), food security bill, right to education (RTE) and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

"Our politics is that of empowerment. We want to empower the common people. The opposition does not want to empower you," he said.

"The RTI has empowered you. You can ask me, Amarinder Singh, Pratap Singh Bajwa and Ghulam Nabi Azad under it," he said.

He said that the UPA government has changed the structure of development in the country since it came to power in 2004.

--IANS (Posted on 10-10-2013)

punjab-news headlines

Girl students feel insecure in Amritsar

Amarinder's 'clean chit' on Tytler triggers political row

Sikhs protest outside Congress office over Amarinder remark

Never gave clean chit to Jagdish Tytler: Amarinder Singh

Akalis promise fast track courts for 1984 cases, economic package

Harvesting season worries grip Punjab leaders (Election Special)

Sikhs protest outside Congress office over Amarinder remark

Arun Jaitley questions Amarinder Singh on Tytler clean chit

Here Pakistan figures high in poll campaign and rhetoric (Election Special)

Over 2.61 lakh weapons deposited in Punjab

Punjab turned into river of drugs by Akali leadership: Shakeel Ahmed

Amarinder Singh warns Majithia against criminalising politics in Punjab

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top