Cong counters Time magazine's 'underachiever' remark against PM
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Congress today countered the underachiever" remark against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made on the cover of TIME magazine's Asia edition saying what the UPA has achieved under his leadership is by no stretch of imagination "under achievement".
"In the past eight years the UPA government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has provided political stability, social harmony, internal cohesion, economic growth and a greater role in global affairs. This by no stretch of imagination is under achievement," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
His remarks came in response to questions on the TIME magazine's Asia edition featuring 79-year-old Singh on its cover, whose title, with his portrait in the background, reads 'The Underachiever - India needs a reboot'.
The issue of the magazine, which will be out next week, says Singh appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.
The BJP today attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following criticism of his performance by Time Magazine, saying he had only sent a message of "disillusionment, corruption and a leaderless economy".
Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy, has been dubbed as an "underachiever" by the US magazine which says he appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.
"Definitely, he is not an achiever.... All that he has achieved is corruption, scam and bad governance.... He is an honest prime minister of the most corrupt government," BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here while referring to the magazine report.
BJP leader Tarun Vijay said the same US magazine had lauded the performance of its Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"There is a sharp contrast between the two Indians who had been featured on Time magazine. While a story on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was that he meant business and gave a message of prosperity, security, infrastructure development and progress for the country specially people of Gujarat, the other Indian who has been featured is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is giving a message of despair, disillusionment, corruption, leaderless economy and downslide of Indian rupee," he said.