Congress rallies behind Manmohan

Singh, with wife Gursharan Kaur by his side, greeted the leaders with folded hands and a smile.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2015 1:02 am
Congress leaders led by Sonia Gandhi take part in the march to Manmohan Singh’s residence in Delhi Thursday. (Tashi Tobgyal) Congress leaders led by Sonia Gandhi take part in the march to Manmohan Singh’s residence in Delhi Thursday. ( Tashi Tobgyal)

In a show of support to former PM Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned as an accused by a special CBI court in connection with the allocation of a coal block in Orissa, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday led a rare march with the whole party top brass from AICC headquarters to Singh’s residence.

The unusual display of support to Singh, the only PM outside Nehru-Gandhi family to have completed two full terms in office, was planned by Sonia herself. She summoned members of Congress working committee and its 110-odd MPs and asked them to join the march to 3, Motilal Nehru Place, Singh’s residence.

Top Congress leaders A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge, M Veerappa Moily, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ambika Soni participated in the march. Singh, with wife Gursharan Kaur by his side, greeted the leaders with folded hands and a smile.

Sonia said: “I was outraged at the news that summons had been served to Dr Manmohan Singh. Our former PM is known not only in our country but throughout the world as being a person of integrity and probity. We are here to offer our unstinted support, our solidarity. We shall fight this legally and with all other means at our command. We are sure that he will be vindicated”.

Singh said he was “more than pleased and grateful” for the support. “The Congress party, Soniaji and all members of the working committee and senior leaders have come to my residence, expressed solidarity with me,” he said.

Sonia’s move did not surprise many since she stood by Singh when he was PM and even after he demitted office. She had directed Congressmen, crestfallen after the party’s dismal show in Lok Sabha polls, not to attack Singh.

Former finance minister Chidambaram said no one can impeach Singh’s integrity. “He and his lawyers will answer the questions. His position will be vindicated and I am confident that the court itself will drop the charges,” he said.

He attacked the BJP government, questioning its silence.

“I have a question for the government. If it believes that the CBI is truly independent and, in this case, has come to an independent and bonafide conclusion exonerating Dr Singh, then why does the government not come out with a statement that it supports the conclusion of the CBI? That would be the proper thing to do,” he said.

Anand Sharma expressed confidence that truth would emerge as Singh was above even “the shadow of suspicion”.

Moily said issuing summons against the former PM was a total “miscarriage of justice”.
“If Singh, a man known in India and world over for his integrity, has to be lined up before a court in a corruption case, perhaps there is no rule of law in this country. And it is a total miscarriage of justice. Twice the CBI has said no offence is made up in the case,” Moily added.

Former law minister Azad said innocent persons like Singh cannot be bulldozed by law.
“It can happen in any other country where there is no rule of law. Not in India,” he said, adding: “We have full faith in the country’s judiciary”.

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    Arvind
    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:18 am
    Sonia hi and Congress rally behind Manmohan Singh not because their love towards him but there is every possibility that Sonia hi and some Congress Ministers may get trapped while unfolding coal scam.If Manmohan opens his mouth in court then it will have more effect on Congress Party for its existence in Indian Politics when BJP called Congress Mukt Bharat and AAP made Delhi Congress Mukt.It seems Manmohan Singh Family members specially daughters want him to tell truth about coalgate and come with clean image in Public eyes and also also History should not blame for Corruption. Every one knows Manmohan Sinch acted as Dummy PM and Sonia hi as De Facto PM without responsibilities. He will be known in history as Best Finance Minister but as PM he would be known as Timid/Dummy PM and allowed his ministers to loot Public Money by closing his eyes and mind.
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      Sandeep
      Mar 13, 2015 at 7:04 am
      This is a price of Impotancy Mana Mohan Must be paid. because of his Impotancy India lost Huge . He must be punish to life Imprisonment. Otherwise he should open his mouth . declare culprits Punish them Or go to Jail for Culpable to loss to India. Sonia went Because she may go to Jail
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        Raj
        Mar 13, 2015 at 7:00 am
        Honourable ManMohanji, We all know you are a man of integrity... Your stint as the Finance Minister cannot be forgotten and we all know how that saved india how the lower middle cl got so many jobs (thanks to liberalization policy, ending license RAJ etc.,)... No one is guilty unless it is proved... I am 100% sure that truth will prevail and Manmohanji will come out from this case.
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          madan gupta
          Mar 13, 2015 at 4:44 am
          MMS happily allowed fraud in coal Industry and allowed people to make Trillions. He & Sonia will get their share under the table. MMS is world known economist he knows how to make money without coming directly coming into picture. MMS & Sonia should be arrested lest both commit suicide.
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            PL
            Mar 13, 2015 at 6:09 am
            DR. Man Mohan Singh is honest person as individual but this is a case of discharging duty under pressure or whatever the reason may be. He should come out and tell the truth to help the judiciary to decide this case. As ex PM it is his moral responsibility to resolve this case which everyone in India knows is a big scam. Congress is supporting to save the skin of many of its leaders. They are not supporting Singh and he knows is it very well and this congress drama should come to end. Kapil Sibal is high fly layer but corrupt politican.
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