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With Delhi going to the polls on Thursday,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a crowd of over 3,000 people at an election rally in West Delhi on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 4, 2009 11:54:34 pm

PM: Give Cong 5 more years to finish projects

With Delhi going to the polls on Thursday,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a crowd of over 3,000 people at an election rally in West Delhi on Sunday.

He called upon the voters to give the Congress five more years to finish all projects and bring about the overall development of the Capital,as well as the country.

“The UPA government,under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi,has initiated many development programmes in the Capital as well as in the rest of the country. In the last five years,Delhi has witnessed tremendous progress in all areas,be it Metro rail connectivity,the mid-day meal scheme,or the infrastructure projects for the Commonwealth Games. The Congress now needs another term to speed up ongoing projects and to initiate new projects,” he said.

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“In this time of economic slowdown,you need a government that has the experience to tackle such situations. Because of the UPA government’s policies,the global recession has not affected India much,” Dr Singh said. The Prime Minister also hit back at the BJP,countering its oft-repeated charge of “weak governance”,saying the Congress alone is capable of fighting terrorism and ensuring the nation’s internal security.

Dr Singh said the Congress was “serious about bringing back the black money from foreign banks”. “I want to ask the BJP that if there is no agency dedicated to assessing the total amount lying in foreign banks,how can they draw out estimates from the Internet,without any verification ,” he said.

Talking about local issues,Dr Singh said that if voted to power,the Congress would immediately address the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies and ensure health and education. The PM said during her tenure as chief minister,Sheila Dikshit had initiated unique projects like the Yamuna Action Plan,and other projects to make Delhi eco-friendly. “These efforts have changed the face of Delhi,” he said.

Dr Singh said two new water treatment plants would soon be functional at Dwarka and Okhla. He said Rs 1,800 crore had already been allotted towards 15 different projects for the resettlement and housing of those living in JJ colonies. Relief packages for farmers and scholarships for poor students were also in the pipeline,he said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Congress candidates from all seven constituencies in the Capital were present at the rally.

‘Take strong action against attackers of Sikhs in Pakistan’

Manmohan Singh said India had requested Pakistan to take strong measures to stop atrocities unleashed against a “handful of Sikhs who have remained” in that country. “Recently,you have heard the atrocities being unleashed on the Sikhs in Pakistan. The Indian government has requested Pakistan to initiate strong measures to stop such atrocities,” Singh said at the election rally in Hari Nagar,where a sizeable population of Sikhs reside. His comments came in the backdrop of incidents of Sikhs being attacked in Pakistan and asked to pay “protection money”.

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