PM a ‘first class gentleman’, says Rahul Gandhi (Lead)

March 25th, 2009 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Puducherry, March 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was a “first class gentleman” and had achieved “hell of a lot”, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday, countering Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani’s assertions that he was a weak leader.
“I guess, if he is a weak prime minister, he has achieved a hell of a lot,” Rahul Gandhi said at a press conference here.

A war of words broke out Tuesday between the prime minister and Advani. While Manmohan Singh challenged the BJP leader’s ability to be prime minister, Advani hit back by again calling him weak.

Rahul Gandhi said about Advani: “He is a senior leader. I can’t make comments about him. I am a youngster. I can only make comments about my leader.”

He also praised Manmohan Singh for the signing of the India-US nuclear deal and diplomatic pressure on Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, besides the economic growth of the country.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Manmohan Singh. I consider him to be one of the top leaders we have in the country. He is a first class gentleman. I don’t think he is weak in the least,” Rahul Gandhi, who is meeting Youth Congress leaders here, said.

“As a young leader of the Congress, he has my full support.”

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