Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Greetings to our former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh Ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr Singh’s long life and good health.”
“Political disputes and electoral battles are increasingly getting laced with religious overtones, symbols, myths and prejudices,” said Manmohan Singh.
Manmohan Singh said that as a custodian of electoral practice in the country it is the duty of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to see that religion and religious prejudices do not get used in the electoral discourse.
“Programs like Make in India and Standup India are yet to make a meaningful impact on industrial production growth. Small and marginal enterprises are yet to derive significant benefit from the ease of doing business schemes,” said the former PM.
Manmohan Singh said Chatterjee showed that he loved his party, but the party was not above these constitutional values. “Such was the man who presided over Lok Sabha,” Singh said at a condolence meeting for Chatterjee, held at the India International Centre.
An expansive plan to make the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) a more inclusive memorial to all prime ministers past, and representative of the legacy of the office rather than an individual, has become controversial.
In the letter sent last week, Singh invoked former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that under Vajpayee’s six-year tenure as PM, “there was absolutely no attempt made to change the nature and character of the NMML”.
Talking about the present climate in the country, Sonia Gandhi called for collectively expressing the resolve “to fight the forces of divisiveness, hate, and bigotry”.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead: Sonia Gandhi said she was deeply saddened by his death. “Vajpayee was a towering figure in our national life. Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts.”
A section of party leaders has argued that the party should shed its cautious approach and not follow the belligerent anti-NRC Trinamool Congress line. After over three hours of debate, the CWC set the party’s view.
Government think-tank Niti Ayog has in its three-year action agenda 2017-18 to 2019-20 highlighted that it is essential specialists be inducted into the system through lateral entry on fixed term contract, the minister said.
In his brief statement in the upper house of Parliament today, he said that it was a promise made to the southern Indian state by the previous government, after consulting BJP leaders.
Addressing the Congress Working Committee, which met for the first time under his leadership, Gandhi appealed to the party workers to come together to “win back the trust” of the people.
BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday had chaired a meeting with the party’s North East leaders in Imphal to chalk out a strategy to “uproot the Congress” from the northeast.
The party asked the Centre to spell out its plan to restore normalcy in the state and engage with various sections to win their hearts and minds.