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PMO comes to defence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

April 18, 2014 - New Delhi

  • The Prime Minister's Office came to defence of Manmohan Singh on Friday amid criticism from the opposition party leaders over "policy paralysis".
  • The opposition party leaders have been targetting Manmohan Singh during the electoral campaigns terming him an ineffective leader over the last 10 years.
  • PMO communication adviser Pankaj Pachauri told reporters in New Delhi that India has developed a lot in the last 10 years. The government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also fought poverty and great progress has been achieved in road and job sections compared to other countries.
  • Pachauri said that GDP has grown three times in the last 10 years and the minimum wages have also gone up three times.
  • In a tweet earlier in the day, Prime Minister's Office said that Manmohan Singh has given more than 1000 speeches in the last 10 years.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has been targetting the UPA government more after two books written by a former Prime Minister's aide and bureaucrat were released which showed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as weak.
  • The book "The Accidental Prime Minister - The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh" has detailed the complex relationship between Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi and how Sonia seized the power from Manmohan Singh during his tenure as Prime Minister.
  • Former coal secretary PC Parakh, in his book, said that the Prime Minister has failed to take on vested interests which allowed the coal gate scam.

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