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PC reminds BJP of its own TIME

Slamming the opposition for demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the Time magazine story which slated him as an 'underachiever', Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said Bharatiya Janata Party's criticism was extremely 'distasteful'. BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had attacked the PM based on this report saying, he must 'introspect and resign.'

Chidambram said, 'I think the most charitable way to describe that comment is extremely distasteful. I wonder what [Prasad] said when he read the article on [former Prime Minister Atal Bihari] Vajpayeeji in June 2002.'

With reference to
Time's
article published in 2002 on the then Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee, Chidambaram said, 'The title of that article was Asleep at The Wheel and the last line of that article Mr Prasad should read.'

Commenting on the Time magazine's article on Singh, he added, 'This government will get India out of the present trough. We will get back to high growth.'

After the latest cover of Time magazine's Asia edition dubbed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an 'underachiever', the Congress shot back saying what the Unite Progressive Alliance had achieved under Singh's able leadership was by no stretch of imagination an 'under achievement'.

Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari had said earlier, 'In the past eight years of the UPA government which has been successfully headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He has been able to provide political stability, economic growth, social harmony, internal cohesion and a greater role in global affairs. This by no stretch of imagination is an under achievement.'

With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads The Underachiever - India needs a reboot. The magazine's article titled A Man in Shadow asks, adding that apart from facing the challenges of a slowdown in economic growth, huge fiscal deficit and a falling rupee, India's Congress party-led UPA coalition 'has found itself fending off corruption scandals and accused of showing a lack of economic direction.'


PRIME ACCUSATIONS

Pointing towards Singh's fall 'from grace,' Time magazine has said, 'In the past three years, the calm confidence [Singh] once radiated has been absent. He seems unable to control his ministers and his new, temporary portfolio at the Finance Ministry notwithstanding, unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms that will continue the process of liberalisation he helped start.'

'Now that Singh is interim Finance Minister as well as PM, he has greater scope and a fresh opportunity to turn things around, but it's by no means certain that he can,' Time said. '...India can only wait to see if Singh can rouse himself, let alone prevail or overcome.'
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