On Board PM’s Special Aircraft/ New Delhi: Cautioning the nation against the ‘onslaught’ of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asked all secular forces to come together against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. The Prime Minister also expressed hope that people will vote against BJP by realizing what they are up for.

Singh said that his government may have made ‘some mistakes’ during the last nine years’ of its rule but has done ‘a lot of good things’ which he hoped the people will take into account while voting.

“I sincerely hope all secular forces will combine to face the onslaught of people like Narendra Modi. You will see that will happen when people realize what they are up for,” he said.

To a question whether UPA could get a third term, Singh said that he could not say anything about that as it was for the people to ‘make that choice’. “We may have done some wrongs but we did a lot of good things. People of the country are generous and will take that into account while voting,” Singh said.

81-year-old Singh, who is the only Prime Minister outside Nehru-Gandhi family to rule for 9 years, said that the government was focusing on improving the economy, reducing inflation and keeping borders secure during the remaining period of its tenure.

He said that the government has unveiled people-oriented policies like the Food Security Bill and was keen to ensure that their benefit reaches the people.

PM's statement is ridiculous: BJP

Reacting sharply to the Prime Minister’s ‘secular forces’ remark, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, "It is the Congress which is giving a blatant communal angle to everything. Those who do such things and then give a statement calling all secular forces to come together (against Modi) look ridiculous. It is they who have created the real communal divide."

He cited Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's recent letter to Chief Ministers telling them not to target Muslim youths and also his recent ‘Hindu terror’ remarks which he was forced to withdraw after BJP's tough stand.

The BJP leader also reminded Prime Minister’s statement made earlier that Muslims should have the first right over the country's natural resources and said such remarks created a communal divide.

"This government, whose Home Minister has written to Chief Ministers asking them for sparing youth of one community... Those who say such things are now giving statement for all the secular forces to come together...it looks ridiculous," he said.

Trivedi also accused the ruling party of giving everything in the name of the poor to one minority community which was ‘against the Constitution’.


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