Rahul backs PM and the Nuke deal

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Jalandhar, Sep 24 (UNI) Brushing aside the speculation regarding his elevation to the prime minister's post, Congress General Secrtary and MP Rhul gndhi today said the country was being run by the ''most able'' prime minister at present and added that Mr Man Mohan Singh was ''his favourite PM.'' Directing the Congress workers to refrain from projecting him as a Prime Ministerial Candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha Election, Mr Gandhi said, ''The country is being run by the most able economist Prime Minister, as a result, India did not suffer the worst global economic shocks in his tenure, which other countries have suffered".

Mr Gandhi also strongly backed The prime minister on the Indo-US Nuclear deal, saying, ''Mr Singh has done nothing wrong and the deal would in fact enable the country's access to the best nuclear technology of the world and would fill the deficiency in the energy requirements of India as well''.

While terming the Golden temple as one of the most spiritual place in the world, Mr Gandhi said he had visited the Sikh shrine as a humble pilgrim.

When quiizzed on whether his visit to the border state was aimed at bridging the gap between the Sikh community and Congress which had occured following the anti-sikh riots in 1984, Mr Rahul said, "I do not find any difference between two, both are equal to me".

About wide speculations in the media regarding his marriage, the 38-year-old leader quipeed, '' Even I have learnt from media that I was going to have arrange marriage soon.'' He declined to respond to further queries in this regard.

On his stand on political victimisation of Congress workers in the hands of SAD-BJP, the Congress general secretary reiterated that the party fully supported its workers who had shown ''great courage to deal with any kind of vendetta", adding that he had met at least 30 to 40 families who had been victims of ''vendetta politics'' by the state government.

Later, Mr Gandhi also visited Katkar Kalan , the native village of martyr Bhagat Singh and paid floral tribute to the statute of the martyr at the outskirts of the village.

During another stop over at Ludhiana on the last day of his three-day tour of Punjab, Mr Gandhi visited the prestigious Punjab Agriculture University and also interacted with the farmers He also addressed party workers at Guru Nanak Bhawan and promised them that he would visit the state again.

'' I immensely enjoyed my present tour due to the proverbial warm-heartedness extended by the Punjabis everywhere I went and would love to come back soon,'' he said.

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