New Delhi, May 22: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday unveiled the report card of UPA II government on its fourth anniversary. Singh addressed the alliance partners on the occasion and listed out his government's achievements. The UPA served two successive terms in office starting in 2004.
The prime minister said the economic slowdown is temporary and they would take the economy to bigger heights if they get a fresh mandate in the next Lok Sabha elections. He said he was grateful to UPA chairperson Sonia gandhi for her leadership. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was also present on the occasion.
The PM spoke on both domestic and foreign policy issues pursued by his government. He said the UPA took the country forward and backed inclusive growth. He spoke on various bills that the UPA has undertaken and also stressed India's developing relation with the US and various other countries.
Sonia slams Opposition for disrupting Parliament
The UPA chairperson said the country has seen record foodgrain production, an enviable record in admitting students in schools and colleges and a big improvement in communication during the last nine years. She took a dig at the BJP for disrupting the Parliament over various issues despite the government offering debate.
She said it was disappointing that the government could not pass important legislation like food security bill and land acquisition bill. She said these bills are important for common Indians and there should not be any controversy between the ruling and opposition parties on this.
She said corruption remained a concern and said the UPA never compromised with it. She said conspiracy was being made to target the government. She praised the prime minister for doing good work despite harsh criticism from the opposition and said they always stood by him.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam singh, howver, skipped the dinner hosted on the occasion.