Wishing the nation "peace, security, joy and prosperity" in 2014, he said, "It is a time of hope, a time to make a new beginning with resolve and confidence to achieve these goals."
    
“As a nation, it is an occasion to unite and brace ourselves for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” Singh said in his message, which could be seen in the context of upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
    
"The New Year is a time for each one of us to reflect upon the year gone by, the successes and achievements as well as the lapses and shortcomings. It provides an opportunity to reassess ourselves and to plan for the year ahead, taking corrective action and setting new goals," he added.
    
The contents of the message assume significance considering the difficulties that the UPA government and Congress have gone through in the outgoing year. It has been under pressure over allegations of corruption while facing criticism on price rise and slowdown in economic growth.
    
The drubbing Congress faced in the recently-held Assembly elections in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh has added to its woes.

President, Vice President greet nation on New Year

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari greeted the nation on the eve of New Year, saying it was time to set fresh goals to build a strong, united and prosperous India.

In his message, President Mukherjee asked the countrymen to work towards the collective goal of inclusive development and growth.
 
"On the joyous occasion of New Year, I convey my warmest greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad," President Mukherjee said.
    
"May the dawn of New Year, inspire all of us to strive for the creation of an enlightened society where knowledge is converted into social good and economic wealth. May the spirit of innovation ignite the young minds of our nation," he added.
        
"Let us resolve to make it a year in which the people of the country in all their rich diversity unite to work towards the collective goal of inclusive development and growth. May the New Year ring out violence, exploitation and suffering and ring in peace, equity and goodwill," the President said.
 
Vice President Ansari said that may the coming year "shower us with peace, harmony and optimism in our midst". He called upon people to resolve to work together towards building a strong, united and prosperous India.
        
"As we celebrate the end of one year and beginning of another, let us resolve to work together towards building a strong, united and prosperous India," he said.

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