Manmohan Singh only PM candidate with proven ability: Sonia

Manmohan Singh only PM candidate with proven ability: Sonia
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 05 22 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 05 22 PM IST
Hisar: Ridiculing the numerous PM aspirants from other parties, Sonia Gandhi today claimed that only Congress had an able candidate for the top post in Manmohan Singh who had proved his calibre during his five-year stint.
“It has become a fashion for many parties to nominate prime ministerial candidates.... Everybody is busy playing ‘mein banunga pradhan mantri´ (I will be the Prime Minister). We are not like others. We have an able prime minister in Manmohan Singh,” Gandhi said, while addressing a 20,000-strong rally here.
Highlighting the achievements of the UPA government, she said that Congress-led dispensation had fulfilled majority of the promises it had made in 2004 and pointed to the farm loan waiver and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) for generating employment in the rural areas.
“Our policies have always been for the benefit of aam admi and our endeavour is to provide a stable government. It has become a fashion by many parties to nominate prime ministerial candidates,” Gandhi said.
She claimed that only the Congress can provide a stable government under Manmohan Singh, who was an experienced person.
Attacking the previous BJP-led NDA government, Gandhi described its rule as “an era of darkness” and alleged that it had failed the common man.
Accusing the BJP of indulging in the “politics of hatred and division”, she hit out at the saffron party for “not having matched” its claims of decisive government with action when it was in power.
“NDA regime was a period of darkness for the country, when there was no internal security and the government belied the expectations of the people. The common man punished them in 2004 by voting the UPA to power and since then we have been trying our best to fulfilling the dreams of Indira ji and Rajiv ji,” Sonia said.
The UPA chairperson said that if the Congress-led coalition came back to power it would continue its focus on the welfare of women, children and youth for whom it had already started various schemes.
She said terrorism and extremism posed a grave threat to the country. “Only Congress party is capable of leading the country at this difficult junction on the strength of its long experience in the power”, she said.
She also said that Haryana, which is one of the developed states of the country, has and will continue to play an important role in national politics.
Appreciating the work done by chief minister Bhupinder Hooda, who was present on the occasion, Gandhi said that the Congress government in the state had tried its best to fulfill its promises made to to the people.
Chief minister’s son Deepinder Hooda, who is seeking re-election from Rohtak constituency, sitting MP from Hisar Jai Prakash, and other senior Congress leaders from the State were also present in the rally.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 05 22 PM IST