Congress alone can counter BJP’s “divisive ideology”: Manmohan Singh

Singh said the country has been able to make significant progress during UPA rule compared to any other regime after Independence.

Kochi | Updated: April 6, 2014 8:22 pm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said Congress alone could counter the “divisive ideology” of BJP and accused the party of unleashing a misleading propaganda that UPA government had not acted tough to contain corruption and the country’s development suffered in the last 10 years.

At an election meeting here, Singh also took jibes at the Left saying that its stock was bound to dwindle further in the future unless they changed in tune with the times.

Refuting the criticism that the UPA had not acted tough against corruption, Singh said efforts to bring in some more legislations to address the issue failed due to “total lack of co-operation” from the opposition parties.

“We have taken firm measures to contain corruption than any other government. We have also seen that steps have been taken to bring the guilty to book,” he said, seeking votes for Congress candidate and Union Minister K V Thomas, who is contesting from Ernakulam.

Dwelling at length on the performance of the UPA rule, Singh dubbed as “misleading propaganda” the opposition charge that growth and development had suffered in the last 10 years.

Striking a personal note, Singh said he had served the country with “honesty, commitment and hard work” not only as prime minister but also in whatever position he held earlier.

He said the country has been able to make significant progress during UPA rule compared to any other regime after Independence.

While taking the country on the path of growth, UPA government also ensured that the benefit of prosperity reached all sections, especially minorities, women and other weaker sections.

Admitting that the government could not do enough to contain inflation, Singh noted that price of food items through the PDS had not been increased by a single paise, giving relief to the poor.

“We have not been as successful in containing inflation as we should have. However, our efforts in curbing inflation has had good results in recent days,” he said.

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First Published on: April 6, 2014 8:15 pm
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    Arpit gupta
    Apr 7, 2014 at 11:36 am
    Manmohan is right congress alone is capable of fighting against those who are playing divisive politics. congress will never let them divide the country on religious lines. its congress ideology to keep people united.
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      Arpit gupta
      Apr 7, 2014 at 11:37 am
      congress has made this country and has done everything to keep this country united. communal forces of this country tried many time to destroy this country but congress stopped them every time.
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        Uday sharma
        Apr 7, 2014 at 11:38 am
        BJP is misguiding people by saying that country's development suffered under congress regime. congress made Indian economy the second fastest growing economy in the world. we are the third largest economy in the world now.
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          Uday sharma
          Apr 7, 2014 at 11:38 am
          Manmohan is right that congress has taken some very big steps against corruption like ping RTI and lokpal which BJP can never do. they are even taking in corrupt leaders like dyurappa and sriramulu who are much more corrupt then congress leaders.
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