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All secular forces must unite against Narendra Modi,says Manmohan Singh

On voters favouring Congress,PM hopes the voters will be 'generous' and 'tolerant'.

Written by PranabDhalSamanta |
October 2, 2013 12:18:05 am

On board PM’s aircraft

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called for all secular forces to “combine” and take on the “onslaught” of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,indicating that he emerged as a threat to the country’s secular fabric. He also said it will not be long before voters will realise this and make their decision.

“I sincerely hope that all secular forces would combine to face the onslaught of people like Narendra Modi. I have every reason to believe that this will happen. You wait for some time before the people realise what they are up against,” said Singh.

With his government entering the last leg of its term,Singh listed the country’s economic revival as one of his key priorities,hoping that it can be “better managed” to deliver an improved growth rate.

“Whatever time is left with us,our intention will be to see the country’s economy is better managed,growth rate improves,inflation is brought under control and the country’s external borders are safe and secure. These are our immediate concerns and they should be the concerns of any government,” said Singh,on his way back from the US and the United Nations.

He said the government will focus on proper implementation of some of the “people oriented programmes” like the National Food Security Act.

On whether he felt that his government had performed well enough for the voters to decide in favour of the Congress,Singh struck an optimistic note,saying he hoped the voters will be “generous” and “tolerant”,while conceding that there may have been areas where UPA could have fallen short.

“It’s too early for me to make an assessment. It’s for the people to make an assessment. I have every reason to believe that we may have done some things wrong,but we have done many good things and the people of India,generous and tolerant that they are,will take into account the good work,the solid achievements of the UPA before they cast their votes,” he said.

The PM,however,was noncommittal on how soon the government would move on the creation of a separate Telangana state,saying he will obtain an update on reaching Delhi.

“The Telangana issue is receiving the attention of the government in right earnest. As soon as I go back,I will find out from the home minister what stage he has been able to reach. But this is very much on our minds,” he said.

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