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Parties doing politics on religion can’t take nation forward: PM

Parties doing politics on religion can’t take nation forward: PM
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First Published: Sun, May 03 2009. 07 46 PM IST
Updated: Sun, May 03 2009. 07 46 PM IST
New Delhi: In an apparent attack on BJP, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said the parties whose politics is based on religion cannot take the country forward and insisted that only Congress is capable of dealing with the “big challenges” facing the nation.
Addressing a public meeting here, Singh also took on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani for raking up the issue of black money stashed in foreign banks, saying it was behaving “irresponsibly” for the sake of “election stunt”.
He said BJP “does not understand” economic issues or is “deliberately misleading” people on the issue as he rubbished allegations that the government was not doing anything to bring back the black money.
Seeking a fresh mandate for the UPA, Singh said the country is faced with “big challenges” and it should be given another chance to complete the unfinished tasks.
“Parties whose politics is based on religion and caste cannot take the nation forward. You do not need to go to such parties,” the Prime Minister said in apparent reference to BJP.
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First Published: Sun, May 03 2009. 07 46 PM IST