Congress lends a shoulder to Manmohan in House and home

Congress leaders march to ex-PM's residence to express solidarity with him in he coal scam case.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2015 12:57 am
manmohan singh, sonia gandhi, congress, coal scam, coal allocation case Congress President Sonia Gandhi with ex-PM Manmohan Singh at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday (PTI photo)

On Thursday morning, before Rajya Sabha began discussions on the Insurance Bill, the spotlight swung for a brief while towards an unlikely figure — Manmohan Singh.

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A day after he was listed as an accused by a special court hearing the coal block case, and hours after the Congress leadership had marched to his house to express support, the former PM walked into a warm welcome from MPs, mostly from his own party but also including CPI’s D Raja.

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Some clasped his hands firmly and whispered in his ears, and others walked over to strike up a conversation.
As soon as Singh entered the House at 11.26 am, he greeted JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav with folded hands. Then, Congress leader Anand Sharma rushed over to sit next to Singh and engaged him in conversation for about five minutes.
Singh, who generally keeps to himself, usually looking ahead with a stoic expression when the session is on, was seen nodding his head several times.

READ: Accused No. 6 Manmohan Singh: Court summons former PM over Hindalco coal block

Around 20 minutes later, another Congress leader Karan Singh went over and sat near Singh, speaking to him briefly.

Later, Raja walked over and clasped Singh’s hands. The Left leader later told The Indian Express, “I went and spoke to him about the statement he made yesterday regarding the summons by the court. I expressed solidarity.”
Singh had said yesterday that though he was upset at the latest development in the case, he was “sure that the truth will prevail” and that he would “get a chance to put forward my case with facts”.

As soon as Raja left, Singh’s former Cabinet colleague A K Antony sat next to him. This time, it was Singh who initiated the conversation.

Minutes later, Anu Aga walked over and greeted Singh. Aga was a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) in the previous UPA regime and was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 2012.

Finally, as the House adjourned for lunch, Sharma along with another Congress MP K T S Tulsi was seen in a huddle around Singh.

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    Selva
    Mar 12, 2015 at 11:34 am
    Italy Mam & Coterie has to go as they have to cover up their A---S.......... What a news?? Is Indian Express trying to create a clean image to this corrupt group!!!
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      Ramesh Pau
      Mar 13, 2015 at 2:00 am
      Sonia hi is a real culprit because manmohan Singh only did what he was told to do so she should also be questioned by cbi
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      1. Satish Bansal
        Mar 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm
        The comments by everybody explain everything. Congress, Sonia , MM and anybody who supports them should feel ashamed. You loot the countries poor , fill up pockets of friends and cronies and claim that you were clean. WHAT A JOKE. Justice will be done.
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        1. Ruth Mesa
          Mar 12, 2015 at 4:09 pm
          In a Democracy like United Kingdom no matter how high is the Cabinet Minister he/she goes to Jail for perjury in Court.If he/she steals money by cooking books for allowable MP expenses only peanut in Congress ministers theft comparison he/she is sacked if not resigned as MP from Politics and jail follows. W Bunch of Mega thieves of Multi party mafia hiding behind a fake Noker Prime Minister with no more power then Sonia's Driver is unthinkable.
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          1. Ruth Mesa
            Mar 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm
            The entire top Congress leadership including Sonia hi today took to the streets to express solidarity with former( Buddhu Noker Mega thefts facilitator) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned as accused in a coal scam case, with the party President calling it “outrageous ( as s/c challenging the traditional thieving rights of Italian Mafia?)”.
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