New Delhi: After coming under fierce criticism for corruption, inflation and poor economic growth from the BJP led NDA coalition, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has come out strongly in defence of the outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Facing flak from several BJP leaders after revelations made in Sanjay Baru and P. C. Parakh’s books, Ms. Gandhi said that while Manmohan Singh might have been silent, he did grow several things silently in the last ten years.
“Woh log kehte hain humne dus saal mein kucch nahi kiya,” Sonia Gandhi said as she read her speech, in her trademark Italian accent, sounding (as usual) as if she were reading from a sheet which had her Hindi speech written in Roman font. “Par humne bahut kuchh kiya hai.”
“We have grown a lot of things in the last ten years,” Ms. Gandhi said. “Look at Dr. Manmohan Singh… Opposition says we have done no growth in the last ten years but Dr. Singh’s beard alone has grown three times in the last ten years.”
“Also, Rahul can speak long political speeches very loudly now,” she added, beaming proudly. “Is that not progress?”