Wishing a speedy recovery to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who recently underwent a coronary bypass surgery, the British arm of the Indian Overseas Congress on Thursday hoped the party would fight the coming general election under his leadership.
"Dr Singh's leadership over the past nearly five years has provided stability to our economy as well as exceptional growth. Even when most other countries have been severely affected by the economic downturn, the Indian economy is forecast to grow at seven per cent this financial year and maintain this level in the next, as well," Balwant Kapoor, freedom fighter and President of IOC said in a statement.
Applauding the government's foreign policy, the IOC listed the scrapping of a three-decade old nuclear ban on India, the country's improved relationship with "West and the East" and the handling of post-Mumbai terror attacks situation as the high points.
"Dr Singh's firm but mature handling of ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Mumbai has been exemplary. Such unending diplomacy will either yield results by way of Pakistan being forced to co-operate in the investigation and prosecution or will lead to sanctions against Pakistan," the statement said.
Congratulating the surgeons who conducted the surgery on the Prime Minister, the IOC said: "it is a reflection of India's progress in medicine and science that a non-invasive surgery was carried out on Dr Singh by India's heart surgeons. Very few countries in the world have the expertise to conduct a heart bypass in this manner".