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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Confident Congress will win 2014 polls, says Prime Minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 17, 2014
First Published: 13:26 IST(17/1/2014) | Last Updated: 13:29 IST(17/1/2014)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told Congress delegates at the ongoing session of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) that victory of the party in the upcoming general elections will be Rahul Gandhi's victory.

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There has been a strong demand from within the party that Rahul Gandhi be named the prime ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha elections due in April.

But, party chief Sonia Gandhi earlier reiterated that the decision of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that Rahul Gandhi will lead the party's campaign for Lok Sabha elections and won't be named the prime ministerial candidate, is final.

He said that the party needs to thoroughly introspect its failures in the recently concluded assembly polls and strategise moves accordingly and added there is no reason to lose hope after the party's poor showing.

"We need to not lose heart but reflect on what went wrong and why we didn't do well in the 2013 assembly polls," he said.

"I have no doubt that if we prepare well for the 2014 polls, and tell people what we have provided, we will win, Rahul will win."

He added that they must tell the country that Congress is the only party that can provide an inclusive and secular India.

Enumerating his government's achievements during his term, the PM said that he has no doubt that if the party prepares well and informs people about the work done, Congress will win.

"I have full faith in the party. We must appeal to the public to look into the Opposition and the work it has done," the Prime Minister said.

"We have to explain to the people that the big claims that some opposition leaders are making are actually not possible to achieve. People should think about the behaviour and approach of the opposition. Their approach is to divide society."

He told the party workers that for seven years his government maintained a growth rate of 8% and hope to have a growth rate of 5% this year.

"Growth declined due to global economic meltdown and we aren't the only country that witnessed decline, other developing countries did too," he said.


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