Cong leaders wish former PM on birthday

Cong leaders wish former PM on birthday

Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram (PTI Photo)

Top Congress leaders on Thursday wished former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his birthday and recalled his dedication and selfless service to nation-building.

Extending greetings to Singh who turned 87 today, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said present-day leaders across the spectrum have much to learn from his innate wisdom.

Recalling his tremendous contribution to the task of nation-building, inclusive growth and economic resurgence, Gandhi said, "His sagacious leadership ensured that India took a determined leap forward, even during trying times."

"Present-day rulers across the spectrum have much to learn from his innate wisdom," she said.

The Congress President wished Dr Singh a happy and healthy life and many more years in the service of the Nation, as indeed the Congress Party.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished good health and happiness to Singh.

"On his birthday, let us acknowledge Dr Manmohan Singh Ji's selfless service, dedication & incredible contribution to the cause of nation-building. My best wishes to him on his birthday. I pray for his good health and happiness in the years to come," Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail, asked his family to tweet on his behalf and wished Singh on his birthday.

"I urge the Government to listen to the wisdom of Dr Manmohan Singh. If anyone can show the way for the country to come out of the current economic slump, it is Dr Singh," he said on Twitter.

Chidambaram also said "The fundamental error of the Government's approach is that it has not understood the main causative factor of the economic slowdown - it is lack of demand and growing pessimism about jobs, wages and opportunities".

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Singh's wisdom is needed now more than even before, as he recalled his momentous days and the historic budget of 1991.

"Today Dr Manmohan Singh turns 87. He transformed the Indian economy with his budget of July 24 1991. I have described those momentous days in To the Brink & Back: India's 1991 Story. His wisdom is needed now more than ever before," Ramesh tweeted.

The Congress also put out a video detailing the life of Singh.

"As we celebrate Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, we look back at some of his greatest achievements. He has served our country for several decades & continues to do so with his renowned intelligence, humility & dedication," the party said on its official Twitter handle.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also wished him on his birthday.

"Best wishes to former Prime Minister Dr. #ManmohanSingh Ji on his birthday. Wish him a long, healthy and happy life" Gehlot tweeted.

"Best wishes to Dr Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. He played a vital role in India's recognition as an Economic Superpower and the nation will forever be indebted for same. May God bless him with health & happiness," Amarinder Singh said.

DMK chief MK Stalin said, "I wish former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh a very happy birthday."

"Our country continues to benefit from Dr Singh's leadership in Parliament and politics. I wish him many more years in service to the country and its people" he said. PTI SKC DV DV

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