GDP, Per Capita Income grew thrice during UPA regime:PMO

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Office on Friday dismissed the allegations against Dr. Manmohan Singh of being a weak Prime Minister, saying that economic data shows unprecedented development in the last decade which would have been impossible if he had been weak.

Citing the economic data with respect to various sectors, the PMO said, UPA government has been working continuously as GDP and Per Capita Income has grown three times in the last ten years.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi, PM’s Communications Adviser Pankaj Pachauri countered the perception that Dr. Singh remained silent during the period.

He said, the Prime Minister delivered around 1,198 speeches and a number of press releases were issued on economy, development, agriculture, science and education.

Referring to a survey, Pachauri said, news channels were focusing on politics, sports and entertainment which were aspects on which the PM had not talked too much. He said that Prime Minister preferred to talk about politics only on the floor of the House but Parliament has not had enough chances for him to speak.

His comments came against the backdrop of contention by the PM’s former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru in his book that Dr. Singh had been defanged by the Congress party in his second term.

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PM: No throw back to 1991 crisis

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday ruled out the possibility of India witnessing a repeat of the 1991 balance of payments crisis and also reversing the path to globalisation of the economy.

“There is no question of going back to1991 (balance of payment crisis). At that time foreign exchange in India was a fixed rate. Now it is linked to market. We only correct the volatility of the rupee,” he said.

In 1991, Singh said, the country had only foreign exchange reserves for 15 days.

“Now we have reserves of six to seven months. So there is no comparison. And no go question of going back to 1991 crisis.”

Against the backdrop of the high Current Account Deficit (CAD) the Prime Minister was asked about fears in some quarters that the country may be witnessing a throwback to 1991 crisis when gold was pledged and the country was forced to adopt a reforms programme that put it on the path of globalisation of economy.

He was speaking after release of the fourth volume of RBI history titled “RBI History-Looking Back and LookingAhead” at a small function at his Race Course residence.

When asked that the Current Account Deficit was still high, Singh acknowledged the problem saying high imports of gold was one of the major factors contributing to it.

“We seem to be investing a lot in unproductive assets,”he added.

He then turned to a leading economic journalist and said, “Ask him. He is the guru.”

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Nitish Kumar is secular leader: PM

News4u-News Desk- PM Manmohan Singh has described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as secular and said that “in politics there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends”.

“In politics, there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends. We will decide as the situation evolves,” he told reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

He was replying to a question whether Congress looks at JD(U) as a future ally against the backdrop of the split in the NDA and would reach out to it.

To a question on Nitish Kumar, he said the JD(U) leader is secular.

“I cannot speculate on that or what happens in the future. We need support of all right-minded parties. In parliament, we look for their support,” Singh said when asked whether Congress would seek JD(U)’s support.

Singh refused to comment on the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP and the resignation issue of L K Advani.

“This is an internal matter of the BJP,” he said.

On the Federal Front mooted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said “I can’t see the Federal Front posing a real challenge to the UPA.”

“When the chips are down, the UPA will give a good account,” Singh said.

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Manmohan Singh Again elected to Rajya Sabha

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been elected to Rajya Sabha for the fifth consecutive term on Thursday as Congress won both the seats to the Upper House from Assam.

Dr. Singh got 49 first preference votes, while the second Congress candidate bagged 45 votes in the 126-member state Assembly, its Principal Secretary and Returning Officer G P Das said.

All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)’s Aminul Islam, who polled 18 votes, lost, he said.

AIUDF is a partner of the UPA at the Centre and its 18 MLAs gave their second preference vote to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister was the only contestant for the first preference vote seat as the other parties did not put up any candidate against him.

The votes of all 78 Congress members and its ally Bodoland Peoples Front’s 12 MLAs were found to be valid, Das said.

Opposition Asom Gana Parishad and BJP, who have nine and five MLAs respectively, had earlier decided to abstain from voting.

The Congress now has five members out of seven in Assam to the Rajya Sabha.

Polling was held from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Assembly and counting of votes began at 5 PM.

The election process has to be completed before 3rd June as per the Election Commission’s 13th May notification.



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PM to meet Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a three-day visit to Japan to invigorate bilateral strategic ties is set to meet his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe later on Wednesday.

Both the leaders will aim to strengthen the ties between the two nations.

The PM is also scheduled to meet the Emperor and Empress of Japan who are set to visit India for the first time later this year.

Manmohan’s meet with his Japanese counterpart will revolve around strengthening bilateral ties with special emphasis on giving boost to defence, economic, energy and other areas.

The PM on Tuesday addressed the Indo-Japan Parliamentary friendship league in Tokyo. He said that maritime issues should be resolved peacefully and piracy should be tackled effectively.

Manmohan Singh called Japan a “natural and indispensable partner” of India for stability and peace in Asia.

He further said that Maritime security from Indian to pacific ocean is important for global peace.

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There is collective leadership in UPA : Sonia

News4u-News Desk- Rejecting the talk about two power centres and differences between them, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said there is “collective leadership” between her and Manmohan Singh and “we all stand by” the Prime Minister who will complete his term.

Hailing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s performance over the last nine years, Sonia Gandhi hit out at the main Opposition BJP, saying it is playing “obstructionist” politics and stalling major people-oriented reforms measures like the Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill.

Seeking to dispel the perception about disarray in the government, she said, “there has been a calculated effort in some quarters to deliberately falsify and create innuendos to spread misinformation and untruths… these have only one aim, that is to confuse, demoralise and thwart the government’s functioning.”

“There are no differences between the Prime Minister and me. There is collective leadership,” Sonia Gandhi told reporters at a function held to celebrate four years of UPA-II government.

The Prime Minister has been carrying his responsibilities with “great dignity” in the face of “unrelenting hostility”, she said.

Manmohan Singh, in turn, described Sonia Gandhi as a “source of inspiration” and said he always got support from her.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also echoed his mother’s sentiments, saying “There is no difference between the party and the government. There is no difference between Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister. This is creation of the Opposition.”

At the function, where UPA’s key outside ally Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was conspicuous by his absence, Singh and Gandhi highlighted the appreciative work done by the government towards “just and inclusive” economic growth and addressing the needs of people, especially the weaker sections.

“We are not going to be deterred or distracted by the drummed up noise being created around us,” she said, adding, “we have much to be proud of, we will continue to look ahead with confidence, knowing that the people of the country will recognise the value of what we have accomplished.”

Expressing her firm support to Singh, Gandhi said he has been facing unrelenting attack and abuse from the Opposition.

She asserted that the UPA government and the Congress party and its coalition colleagues have been working closely and unitedly all these years. Gandhi said she did not need any reassurance about the Prime Minister.

Slamming the BJP for rubbishing his government’s performance, Singh said, “What else do you expect from a non-result oriented opposition?

There is lot of motivated criticism. Sometimes there are attempts to derail us.” On the prospects of UPA in the next elections, he said it should be left to the people. At the same time, he philosophically quipped, “sitaron ke aage jahan aur bhi hai (there is a world beyond the stars).”

These remarks have come against the backdrop of Opposition charge that Singh and Gandhi are not on the same page on policy issues.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj has said that whenever Singh announces a policy decision, the UPA Chairperson intervenes and gets it diluted to win applause.

Seeking to dispel the perception of gloom amid scams and controveries, the UPA report painted a rosy picture of the government’s performance during the last nine years, contending that the fruits of economic growth have reached both urban and rural areas.

The ‘Report to the People’, released by Singh and Gandhi, presented figures to highlight growth in employment and doubling of wages under MNREGA, three-fold increase in food subsidy, growth in social sector schemes and tele-density.

At the outset, Gandhi rejected the BJP’s contention that the UPA had nothing to celebrate as it is ridden by scams and controversies and accused it of having an “obstructionist” approach.


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India would stand by Afghanistan in its transition: Prez

News4u-News Desk- India is prepared to increase bilateral contribution to Afghanistan’s institution-building, training and equipment to the extent possible and would stand by that country during its critical period of transition, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

During a meeting with visiting Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, Mukherjee said India is proud to partner the government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts towards reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.

The President said India would stand by the government and the people of Afghanistan in the critical period of transition, development and nation-building, a Rashtrapati Bhavan press release quoted Mukherjee as saying.

The President said “we should strengthen and deepen India-Afghanistan relations in all areas as prescribed in the Strategic Partnership Agreement”.

“India is prepared to increase bilateral contribution to institution-building, training and equipment to the extent India can,” he said.

Karzai, who met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan, warmly reciprocated Mukherjee’s words and said India is amongst the closest of countries to Afghanistan and according to many surveys the country most liked by Afghan people.

“India-Afghan relations stand today on solid cemented grounds. Our relations are greater than any time before,” he said.


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