Clear mandate will help in tackling economic crisis: Congress

May 17th, 2009 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The clear mandate won by the UPA in the Lok Sabha polls would help the new government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh continue its policies on various flagship programmes as well as tackle the economic crisis, the Congress said Sunday.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has won 262 seats in the new Lok Sabha, just 10 short of the halfway mark.

Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi, speaking to reporters after a Congress Working Committee meeting here, said: “He (Manmohan Singh) said that the new government would be assuming office in the backdrop of a deep global economic recession and serious troubles in India’s immediate neighbour.”

“He was confident that a clear mandate received by the Congress-led UPA alliance will enable the new government to respond to these two immediate challenges effectively,” Dwivedi added.

“The prime minister also pledged to continue the policies and various flagship programmes initiated in the past five years and implement the manifesto promises with the new vigour,” he said.

Dwivedi also said that in his address to the CWC the prime minister praised the role played by party president Sonia Gandhi in leading the Congress and the UPA alliance to a resounding victory.

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