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On Manmohan Singh’s birthday, wishes from all corners, and some advice for the govt

Wishes poured in from across the country for former prime minister Manmohan Singh on his 87 birthday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his best wishes, and said he prayed for Singh to have a long and healthy life.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 26, 2019 1:04:27 pm
Manmohan Singh's birthday Manmohan Singh turns 87 today. (Express File Photo: Pradip Das)

Wishes poured in from across the country for former prime minister Manmohan Singh on his 87 birthday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his best wishes, and said he prayed for Singh to have a long and healthy life.

Extending her wishes, Congress president Sonia Gandhi recalled his contribution to the “task of nation building, inclusive growth and economic resurgence”. “Present day rulers across the spectrum have much to learn from his innate wisdom,” she said in a statement.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the country should acknowledge Singh’s “selfless service, dedication and incredible contribution” to nation building. “My best wishes to him on his birthday. I pray for his good health and happiness in the years to come,” he added.

P Chidambaram, meanwhile, urged the government to “listen to the wisdom” of the former PM as “if anyone can show the way for the country to come out of the current economic slump, it is Dr Singh”.

“Happy birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh. May he live for a 100 years and more!” Chidambaram’s family tweeted on his behalf.

“The fundamental error of the Government’s approach is that it has not understood the main causative factor of the economic slowdown — it is lack of demand and a growing pessimism about jobs, wages and opportunities,” he added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also conveyed warm wishes to Singh. “Greetings and warm wishes to former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. I wish him good health and a long life,” he said.

Several other Congress leaders and leaders of allied parties also wished him on social media.

Jairam Ramesh said Singh’s wisdom is “needed now more than ever before”. He tweeted, “Today Dr Manmohan Singh turns 87. He transformed the Indian economy with his budget of July 24 1991. I have described those momentous days in To the Brink & Back: India’s 1991 Story. His wisdom is needed now more than ever before.”

While Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot wished him a “long, healthy and happy life”, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said the nation will be forever indebted to him for his “vital role in India’s recognition as an Economic Superpower”.

The Congress’ official social media handle tweeted a video of him and said, “As we celebrate Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, we look back at some of his greatest achievements. He has served our country for several decades & continues to do so with his renowned intelligence, humility & dedication.”

DMK chief M K Stalin said the country continues to benefit under Singh’s leadership in Parliament and politics. “I wish him many more years in service to the country and its people,” he added.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted birthday greetings to Singh. wishing him a long and healthy life ahead.

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