Arvind Kejriwal calls Manmohan Singh ‘man of integrity’ on his 86th birthday

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Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on trended on internet all through the Wednesday with the country wishing him on his 86th birthday. Among those who wished Dr Singh also included those who had once vilified him during his tenure as the country’s prime minister during the UPA 2.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who missed not a single opportunity as an opposition leader to launch personal attack against Singh, tweeted, “Greetings to our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr. Singh’s long life and good health.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Manmohan Singh Ji’s birthday is an opportunity for us to appreciate and remember his many years of selfless service and dedication to the cause of nation building. I wish him a very Happy Birthday and good health and happiness always.”

But the notable among those who wished Singh on his 86th birthday was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who called the former prime minister a ‘man of integrity.’  He wrote, “I wish a very happy 86th birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh, our former Prime Minister. A man of integrity, sobriety and humble nature. I pray for his long & healthy life.”

Kerriwal calling Singh a man of integrity assumes significance in light of the role played by him in carrying out the anti-corruption movement targeting the then Congress-led government in 2011 through both national and international protests. Those sustained protests seemingly paved the way for Modi to be able to successfully dislodge the UPA government, while inflicting the worst ever defeat to the Congress.

The BJP took advantage of the negative perception built by Kejriwal and his former mentor, Anna Hazare. The saffron party went to electorates in 2014 by successfully convincing them that the government led by Singh was mired in corruption.

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