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Updated: March 7, 2013 03:07 IST

We’ll make it again, combative PM tells Rajnath

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during the Parliament session in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during the Parliament session in New Delhi on Wednesday.

‘They fielded the Iron Man Advani against the lamb that I am. What was the result?’

As UPA-II is about to enter the last year of its five- year term in May and prepares for next year’s polls, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the new BJP president, Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday locked horns over who would be the people’s choice.

While the normally soft-spoken Manmohan Singh, raised his voice and challenged the BJP, stating that “I am convinced that if the people of India were to look at our [UPA] record in these nine or 10 years, they would repeat what they did in 2004 and 2009 [polls],” Mr. Rajnath Singh remarked that a dying flicker shone bright.

The Prime Minister was replying in the Lok Sabha to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President for his address to the joint session of Parliament. He said: “A few days ago, a conclave of the National Council of BJP assembled in Delhi, used the choicest abuses for the Congress establishment and Congress leadership, including myself. It is not my intention to reply them in that language because I do believe that our work and our performance are the best judges of what we have achieved.”

Quoting a Hindi couplet, he said: Jo garajte hain, woh baraste nahi (‘mere thunder does not bring rains’).

Dr. Singh did not spare BJP senior leader L.K. Advani either. He said, “The India Shining campaign in 2004 led to disastrous results for the BJP. In 2009, they fielded iron man Advani against the lamb that Manmohan Singh is, and we all know what was the result.”

He went on further attacking the BJP. “What has been achieved [by the UPA government] is not something which can be belittled as Rajnath Singh tried to do.”

Not to be taken aback, Mr. Rajnath Singh referred to Dr. Singh’s sudden “aggressiveness” [against the BJP] and said the UPA regime had failed to uphold democracy in Jammu and Kashmir and handle Telangana and other issues.

The Prime Minister said the UPA government was fully capable of putting the country back on a high growth path of 7 to 8 per cent per annum in the next two to three years. During his 45-minute speech, he reeled out statistics to highlight how the UPA (during its nine-year rule) outperformed the six-year NDA regime in economic growth, GDP, agricultural production, per capita rural growth rate, industrial growth, education and skill development.

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Any growth rate is useless if there is so much corruption, rise in crimes and failed law and order system. Lathi charge and police violence that occured during Delhi protests shows bad governance. Hundreds of my comments have never been posted by Hindu, may be they are also biased and only post comments with South Indian names.

from:  Vivek Agarwal
Posted on: Mar 8, 2013 at 03:04 IST

Let us pray. May our Prime Minister's belief save him from disaster,Amen

from:  K. Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 23:38 IST

India has enough evidence of work and performance of UPA headed by the
Congress party from CAG Reports on scam after scam and Time Magazine's
cover story. What an incurable optimism at the fag end of the term to
expect UPA III ? Are there still some areas left out to plunder, in the
name of aam aadmi ? Pray, God save India from the clutches of these
wrong hands!

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 16:23 IST

Jo garajte hain, woh baraste nahi
Decline in value of Rupee in the international market shows the poor performance in international scenario. Last ten years we have seen continues down fall in rupees against $ and rapid downfall within last four years. This is the basic indicator and understand by the common people of India and it can not be ignored from the fact. where as the rest of indicators can be fabricated or manipulated. Such a huge downfall also indicates not only the black money/hoarding and circulation of the money within the country but the same goes out of country silently as black.

from:  biswajeet
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 11:58 IST

Wish our PM had at least spoken so sternly on issue of price rise, corruption, economic slow down....................

from:  Raghunarayan.M
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 09:04 IST

Both our PM and BJP are over-confident. Neither the Congress nor BJP
would be able to win over 180 seats in the next Lok Sabha elections.
Secondly, UPA has failed to deliver but UPA alone is not responsible
for economic ills faced by our country. How would BJP and Mr.
Narendra Modi, the PM in waiting, tackle our economic problems? On
the political front, can Mr. Modi separate politics from religion? Can
he solve issues like inter-state water disputes, Telangana and Naxal
related issues? Can Mr. Modi take a very liberal view about the
minorities in India and invite participation in task of nation-
building from all regions?
Mr. Narendra Modi has to prove that he is indeed capable of burying
populist policies of UPA and steer the economy to grow at a rate of
around 7 to 8 %. Let us not forget that Mr. Narendra Modi’s or BJP’s
capability to put back the economy on growth path or to provide good
governance is not proved by failures of Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Shri Man
Mohan Singh or UPA.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Mar 7, 2013 at 08:56 IST

The prime minister says even BIMARU states have done better under the UPA rule. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh are ruled by non-Congress governments. His silence on issues relating to governance like intolerable levels of corruption is worrying.

from:  K.R.Srivarahan
Posted on: Mar 6, 2013 at 20:29 IST

Manmohan Singh did not address the issue of Congress sacrificing national interest to promote the interest of the "family." This is the main issue that is so obviously true and impossible for him to deny or address. As to Congress performance versus BJP, both are corrupt and equally incompetent.

from:  RKSharma
Posted on: Mar 6, 2013 at 20:20 IST
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