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Nothing wrong in PM consulting Sonia, says Tewari

PTI  Ludhiana, September 11, 2013
First Published: 20:03 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:23 IST(11/9/2013)

Union minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday said Sonia Gandhi is president of a party with 205 seats in Parliament and also the chairperson of UPA, and there is nothing wrong in the Prime Minister consulting her.


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To a question about BJP's charge that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was being remote controlled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the minister said,"Let BJP leaders introspect and find out who controls whom".

"It is BJP which is being remote controlled by RSS," he said during a press conference in Ludhiana.

He pointed out,"Sonia Gandhi is president of a party having 205 seats in Parliament. She is also the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance at the Centre.

"There is nothing wrong in the Prime Minister consulting her since she represents a political party and an alliance."  At the same time, Tewari alleged that BJP's all decisions were taken at Nagpur by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"RSS has never contested any elections and does not believe in the democratic process and still BJP runs to it for each and every decision," said the Union information and broadcasting minister.

"I leave it to the wisdom of people across the country as who is remote controlled by whom," Tewari remarked.

Terming the Muzaffarnagar riots as unfortunate, he said this is the time to ease out the situation and take stern action against guilty and not indulge in blame game.

On the issue of present economic situation in the country, the minister said "the situation is not volatile in India only but case is the same in almost all the other developing countries".

Quoting Tuesday's Reserve Bank of India figures, he said from 1998-2004 the rate of growth was 5.8% and from 2004 to 2012 it remained at 8.1% despite the fact that economic slowdown was all over the world in 2009.

He said fundamentals of Indian economy are strong.

He assured that the momentary upheavals were being duly taken care of by the government.


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