'Will Remain A Hero': M Kharge Writes To Manmohan Singh As His Rajya Sabha Tenure Ends

The Congress leader said Singh will always remain a "hero" to the middle class and the aspirational youth, "a leader and guide to the industrialists and entrepreneurs, and a benefactor to all those poor who were able to climb out of poverty due to your economic policies".
Manmohan Singh.

Manmohan Singh, who is known for ushering in several bold reforms in the economy, became a member of the House for the first time in October 1991.

New Delhi: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday wrote a heartfelt letter dedicated to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will retire from Rajya Sabha today, ending his 33-year-long stint. Kharge said in the letter that with Manmohan Singh's retirement, "an era comes to an end". Praising the contribution of the 91-year-old to the country, Kharge said Manmohan will remain a "hero" to the middle class and the aspirational youth.
"Very few people can say they have served our nation with more dedication and more devotion than you. Very few people have accomplished as much as you for the nation and its people," he said.
The Congress leader said Singh will always remain a "hero" to the middle class and the aspirational youth, "a leader and guide to the industrialists and entrepreneurs, and a benefactor to all those poor who were able to climb out of poverty due to your economic policies".
"You have shown that it is possible to pursue economic policies that were equally beneficial to large industries, young entrepreneurs, small businesses, the salaried class and the poor. It was you who showed that even the poor can participate in the nation's growth and be lifted out of poverty," the Congress chief said.
Due to Manmohan Singh's policies as the prime minister, India was able to lift 27 crore people, the highest number of poor people, out of poverty in the world, Kharge said.
The MGNREGA scheme launched under the Manmohan Singh government continues to provide relief to rural workers during times of crisis, he said.
In the letter to Singh, Kharge also hit out at Modi government for taking credit for reforms initiated by Manmohan Singh's government.
Kharge said the nation misses the quiet yet strong dignity that Singh brought to the office of the Prime Minister.
"The Parliament will now miss your wisdom and experience. Your dignified, measured, soft-spoken yet statesman-like words are in contrast to the loud voices filled with lies that signify the current politics," he said.
He said that "unscrupulousness" is being equated with astute leadership in the current political situation and added, "I still recall your speech on demonetisation which you termed as 'monumental management failure' and 'an organised loot and legalised plunder', which has proved to be a grim reality."
"You showed it is possible to criticise without getting personal. The nation and the people will soon see through the lies of the current government. Just like how the sun and the moon can never be hidden, the truth can also never be hidden. People will realise the import of your words soon," Kharge said.
Kharge also said economic prosperity and stability being enjoyed today are built on the foundations laid by "you along with our former Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna, Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao".
The current set of leaders who have reaped the benefits of your work are reluctant to credit you due to political biases.
"In fact, they seem to go out of their way to speak ill about you and make personal attacks against you. However, we also know that you are large-hearted enough not to hold that against anyone," he said.
The Congress chief said personally, it has been a privilege for him to have been a part of his cabinet and Singh has "always been a source of wisdom and someone whose advice I valued."
"Over the last few years, you have made it a point to be available for the Congress party despite personal inconveniences. For this, the party and I will always remain grateful," he said.
54 MPs Including 9 Union Ministers Retiring From Rajya Sabha
As many as 49 members are retiring on Tuesday (April 2), while five are retiring on Wednesday (April 3).
Of those retiring from the Upper House include Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan who has been renominated to the Council of States by her party for another term. So is Manoj Kumar Jha, who has been renominated by his party RJD for another term in the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, and Naseer Hussain (Congress), who has been renominated from Karnataka.
Abhishek Singhvi of the Congress party, whose tenure in Rajya Sabha ends today will not be in the upper house as he lost his election from Himachal Pradesh.
With inputs from PTI
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