Sena praises Manmohan, says can’t forget his contribution

Mumbai (PTI): The Shiv Sena today sought to play down the “praise” lavished on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over attracting foreign investments, saying the contributions of P V Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh towards bolstering India’s economy can’t be forgotten.

“Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is immensely popular in foreign countries, people like Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh laid the foundation of India’s economic progress and opened the country’s gates for other nations. How can we forget their contribution?” the Sena said in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.


The comment from the party, which is an ally of the BJP-led government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, comes in the backdrop of Modi’s address to the Indian diaspora yesterday where the PM deprecated the culture of graft in the country in a veiled attack on corruption in the UPA regime.

“In our country it doesn’t take much for allegations to come up against politicians… Someone made 50 crores, someone’s son made 250 crores, (someone’s) daughter made 500 crores, (someone’s) damaad (son-in-law) made 1000 crores…” Modi had said. The Sena said that both the formers Prime Ministers gave a direction to the country’s economy when it was in a bad shape.

“Though Manmohan Singh believed in an ideology not similar to ours, we have to accept he wanted the best for our nation,” the Sena said.

The party further said that a revolution in Doordarshan and the telecommunication sector first happened during the regime of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which was carried forward by her successor and son Rajiv Gandhi.

“Doordarshan started telecasting its programmes pan-India since 1982. It was on August 15, 1982 that Indira Gandhi’s Independence Day address to the nation was first telecasted on DD in colour,” Sena said.

“Later, it was Rajiv Gandhi who brought an era of computers and ensured that every village had phone and STD booths. He and his advisor Sam Pitroda are known as the architects of Indian telecommunication sector,” the Sena added.


  1. Now Siva Sena is getting some backbone to speak out against their partner BJP which was totally dedicated to erase the
    Nehru and Gandhi names from the history of India; also Dr.ManMohan Singh’s name since he has played a very cardinal role in creating a U-turn started with Prime Minister Rajive Gandhi.

    On the other hand, the BJP Government is trying to loot the glory from those people who have laid solid foundation for the free enterprise and market economy conditions for India, thus totally deviating to a route from Fabian socialism to a capitalistic economy.

    The BJP Government under Mr. Modi has an aversion towards the minority religions of India which are of foreign origin
    like Christianity which came to India in the 1st Century AD, Islam in the 600 AD, Zoroastrianism in 1000 AD, and the Bahai Faith in the 18th century. Since Zoroastrianism and Bahai faith believers are a minority, the BJP is not much worried about them; however, the BJP and their sister parties have a deep rooted dislike towards the Muslims and Christian minorities of India. Please, I am not talking about the whole Hindu population, I grew up with them, but mainly talking about the 31% voted for the BJP. With this hatred attitude, why Mr. Modi is visiting the Christian and Islam countries for FDI in India? In India, the religious card play but while crossing the sea, then the economic card play.

  2. What Shiv Sena said is true. Only naive people and BJP-sympathisers will fall for Narendra Modi’s self-praise. Wny do we not praise P.V. Narasimha Rao for opening the economy? Why do you we not acknowledge Rajiv Gandhi for introducing the personal computers in the 1980s?
    I had high hopes on Narendra Modi, when he made tall electioneering promises. He is just a stereotype politician who accords importance to towing the party line, rather than ruling and administering the country as per his conscience with the best interests of the country at his heart. Otherwise shady and/or unpatriotic characters like Sushma Swaraj and Vasundra Raje would have been shown the door and Shivraj Chauhan, who has gained notoriety, would have been ejected. Narendra Modi, considering his election promises, is just N.A.T.O. (no action, talk only)

    His popularity in India is dying by the day, but he is, at least till date, a celebrity and rock star abroad.

    For politicians, oratory is a spring-board, but if it is not followed with action, then people will call that person a bull-shitter.

  3. Why is Modi visiting Christian countries! Which countries in the world are categorized as Christian countries? Of course, Untied States is not a christian country so also many Western countries which preach and follow secular ideas and democratic values. No country invests in foreign land unless it suits its requirement and it does not do any favor investing in that country. Such investment is always in the economic benefit of the investor and that helps also the recipient of such investment. Foreign invaders into India did not do any favor to India and whatever they did benefited them to great extent and perhaps helped a small segment of Indian population. Regarding Islamic countries, it is better to talk less as they don’t have anything to offer to the world. Sena of course wants to be in the limelight and known for making contradictory remarks and people who support them this time probably have forgotten their atrocities in the past by their regional and communal mentality.

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