Senior leaders rally behind Manmohan Singh over Cong legacy from 2004-14

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS): Even as the veterans vs Team Rahul war within the Congress is out in the open, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor came to the rescue of party colleagues Manish Tewari and Milind Deora, saying the UPA's transformative 10 years were distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative.

Tharoor took to Twitter and wrote, "I agree with Manish Tewari and Milind Deora. UPA's transformative ten years were distorted and traduced by a motivated and malicious narrative. There's plenty to learn from our defeats and much to be done to revive Congress. But not by playing into the hands of our ideological enemies."

His remarks came amid the row over a Congress meeting chaired by party interim chief Sonia Gandhi two days ago, which saw arguments and sharp criticism by younger leaders who appeared to blame the party's last government for its downfall.

Amid the criticism of the senior leaders, a section of the party rallied behind former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Twitter.

Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Tharoor, Tewari and former Mumbai Congress chief Deora - all ministers in Singh's cabinet at one point - defended the former Prime Minister, tagging criticism for him as "ill-informed" and part of a "motivated and malicious narrative".

Earlier in the day, Deora responding to a tweet of Tewari said, "Well said, Manish.

"When demitting office in 2014, Manmohan Singh said history will be kinder to me. Could he have ever imagined that some from his own party would dismiss his years of service to the nation and seek to destroy his legacy - that, too, in his presence?"

Deora's remarks came after Tewari on Saturday hit out at party leaders who questioned 10 years of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule at the Centre, calling them "ill-informed".

Interestingly, he gave the example of the BJP to put out a contrasting picture on party unity.

"The BJP was out of power for 10 years (2004-14). Not once did they ever blame (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee or his government for their then predicament. In Congress, unfortunately, some ill-informed (leaders) would rather take swipes at Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA government than fight the NDA/BJP. When unity is required, they divide," the member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab tweeted.

The verbal tongue lashing from the former Minister for Information and Broadcasting comes after a number of party MPs questioned the UPA rule and demanded introspection on Congress debacles.

The members of Team Rahul had asked for introspection when the Congress' Rajya Sabha MPs met on Thursday. The issue of the 2014 election debacle was raised by Rajeev Satav, IANS had reported on Friday.

He was countered by party senior and former Union Minister Anand Sharma and others.

Tewari said on Friday: "Was the UPA responsible for the decline in the Congress fortunes in 2014 is a valid question. It must be gone into. Equally valid is the point that the UPA was sabotaged from within. The 2019 election defeat must also be analysed."



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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    If the congress leaders have so much faith in manmohan Singh then why not make him the president of the party, if he could revive the economy he could revive the party.

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    As usual procedure in the corrupt party to blame others to protect the family.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Manmoun had the vision, authority and the will to take on corrupt happenings and blatant mis-rule around him during UPA 1 and 2, 10 LONG years.
    However he chose to be mere puppet or remote controlled robot to the mafia in CONgress and today history will remember him as father of all A to Z scams of this period.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Manmohan Singh is Credited with shaping India's Economic & Social Welfare Reforms ...

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Feel pity for MMS who openly said he is Madam's prime minister. All fruits are reaped by madam and blames by MMS.

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    I do not know why congress is making Mr Singh a scape goat ..We all know the real villains of congress

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  • Janardan, Manglore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Time to dissolve congress..............

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Then how can you form a govt by buying congress MLAs??????.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Other parties are still functioning and willing

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sat, Aug 1 2020


    Many people will disagree with me be it...

    Man Mohan Sing showed his weakness when Pak terrorists hit Mumbai...his sitting with his tail tucked in between his legs was most shameful thing of his life during his 10 year's ruling...

    Comparing that ...see what Modi did in similar circumstances....When terrorists stuck our CRPF convoy in Kashmir...he hit Balakot...and it took 62 days for Pakis to take International journalists to Balakot to show there were no damages !!!...

    Any major Pak terrorist activities happened after Balakot???....NO...

    Of course it was highest order stupidity to send 1965 model MIG 21 Bison to have dogfight with Pak F-16 and getting shot-down.....Pak TV was telecasting 2 IAF planes were shot down and pilot of second plane was seriously injured....then when they realized 2 planes fell inside their territory and one was Indian MIG 21 of our Abhnandan and second one was Pak Air Force JK-16....

    Also same day our Air Force shot one of their own Helicopter...because the Pilot failed to switch or Friend / Foe identifying transponder...

    Our Security forces need better training and quality of people than we currently have...We should not wait for another war...we must do it NOW...

    Now people of Jossey Sirs Caliber will ask me a counter Question...why Modi did not do Balakot inside China after Galwan episode....I don't have an answer for that...I can only say some day we will become Economic Super Power like China when our Political Corruption stops...andhopefully we SHALL do a Balakot inside China too....


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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Some times I fail to understand this Tuk Tuk man.

    He pretends o be a neutral person but secretly worship a particular person.
    So far there was no inquiry about this CRPF attack, who actually is responsible when the election s were around?
    When this man says WE, I wonder whether it is Indians or Americans? If you all look back his comments, you know what I am trying to say.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Things are slowly coming to the fore. People are beginning to feel the state of being penniless. In the past four months, all independent earners have earned nothing. How long can the savings last ? First sign is people are looking for cheaper accomodation and selling bigger vehicle to a two-wheeler. Moving inner areas from the city apartments.

    Well, well, only lip service doesn't help in running the nation. Brains are required to distribute nation's finances and keep the production in continuity. MMS sailed through two recessions that had hit the world. Right in time, Corona has hit the world, India not sparing. MMS would have calculated it from November, when it had appeared in Wuhan. He would not have waited for Namaste-Trump, or MP's musical chair to end.

    Wait for this year end. Bankruptcy will be everywhere.

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  • Janardan, Manglore

    Sun, Aug 2 2020

    Why did MMS didn't expected 2G scam, coal scam, National Herald scam, Adarsh society scam, Mumabi terror attack, and tens of other terror attack? And what action he took after each terror attack?

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    In reality congress would have served the nation and the people in much better way than BJP. The main point is economy would have definitely been in much better shape and most of the people would have had jobs. What counts people the most is money, survival, peaceful and stable atmosphere and future for thier children. All these life necessities only non BJP govt can give.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 1 2020

    Forget... Would have..., could have..., will be...,if.... Maybe...
    Am asking why not done when was in power????

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