Singh is King, after all!July 22nd, 2008 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, July 22 (IANS) “Congratulations India… Singh is King!” The SMS circulating in Punjab and elsewhere minutes after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pulled off a decisive win in the trust vote in the Lok Sabha Tuesday evening conveyed the feeling of euphoria among United Progressive Alliance (UPA) supporters. Celebrations broke out in Amritsar city in Punjab and other places in the state after Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee announced that the UPA government has the support of 275 MPs compared to 256 against.
Crackers were burst and sweets were distributed by Congress workers in different places in Punjab.
The prime minister’s relatives live in Amritsar and Ludhiana and organized religious prayers this week for the survival of his government.
Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal flatly refused to support the prime minister, saying that he had done nothing for Sikhs and Punjab despite belonging to the community and the state.
Manmohan Singh is the first Sikh prime minister of the country.