Puducherry, Mar 25 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the country has progressed a great deal under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Addressing a press conference here today, he said, "Manmohan Singh is not a weak prime minister. He has achieved a lot for the country and not buckled under terrorism."
He also praised Singh for the signing of the India-US nuclear deal and putting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
Speaking about the Sri Lanka based militant organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), he said, "LTTE killed my father, so I am not particularly fond of it."
When asked about cousin Varun Gandhi, who is been accused of making inflammatory anti-Muslim remarks during an election meeting in Pilibhit, Rahul said, " I am surprised by his views. Life is full of surprises."
"Those are his views. I have my views. I don't carry hate and anger with me. Hatred and anger blind you," he added.
Rahul Gandhi arrived in Puducherry today for a one-day visit.
This is Rahul's second visit to the Union Territory, where Congress holds power, after his earlier visit to the tsunami ravaged coastal villages in 2004.
The Lok Sabha poll in Puducherry will be held on May 13. (ANI)