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Planning body chief Ahluwalia shrugs off UK daily’s Manmohan ‘poodle’ barb

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): The Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, today shrugged off a British daily’s barb on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he was interested in resolving plan-related projects, and added that the press was free to write what it wants.

British paper The Independent had published a headline on Monday, which read, “Manmohan Singh: Saviour or Sonia’s Poodle?”

Ahluwalia told media here: “I do not read the foreign media as much as you do. Our work here is to complete the Plan. The media should say what they have to say. People will judge on their own. Media targets everybody, sometimes it’s targeting, sometimes it’s praising. I don’t think one should get carried away by this.”.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, however, vehemently denounced the headline, saying that all criticism must be phrased keeping a certain decorum in mind.

“There has to be a certain decency, decorum and dignity. What has been said is against all of these principles. We disagree with the Prime Minister on many fronts, such as the policies of the government. But for a foreign newspaper to write in such a manner about a country’s Prime Minister, is unacceptable,” Naqvi said.

Manmohan Singh was earlier tagged as an ‘underachiever’ by the ‘Time’ magazine. (ANI)