Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday came down heavily on rival parties for criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who, he claimed, was one of the best performing premiers.
“Let the opposition parties speak ill about him, but years later when people would talk about the benefits of MNREGAS, Right to Information Act, Food Security Bill or the Land Acquisition Bill, they would remember one man that is Manmohan Singh,” Rahul said while interacting with representatives of various minority groups at a hotel in Ranchi.
He was in the state on a day-long visit during which interacted with people of different communities in the capital and Hazaribagh.
He said that the honest Prime Minister has changed the model of development by vesting power in the hands of the common masses.
“He is a visionary and thinker blessed with an ability to translate visions into reality. The country has benefited immensely during his tenure as Prime Minister,” he said.
Rahul’s remarks about the Prime Minister drew cheers from the Sikh community representatives attending the interaction meeting.
It couldn’t have been more pleasing to their ears when Rahul told them that “your community brethren is the most powerful person in the country today”, apparently referring to the Prime Minister.
“We are a secular party. We do not distinguish people on their caste, creed, race and religion. Whether you are wearing a turban or a skull cap is immaterial to us as long as you are an Indian and want to contribute towards nation building,” he said, warning people to keep distance with communal forces trying to raise their ugly heads in the wake of ensuing parliamentary polls.
Enthused, the Sikh representatives announced that their community in Jharkhand has left the issue of Operation Blue Star far behind and continue to support Congress party’s and its ideology.
Sikhs are the third largest minority community in Jharkhand. There are over 2 lakh Sikhs in Jharkhand’s industrial town Jamshedpur.