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Manmohan Singh is not weak, says Aamir Khan

By Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai
April 30, 2009 12:46 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has got a resounding endorsement from none other than Bollywood star Aamir Khan.

Speaking to the media after casting his vote at St Anne's School in Bandra West, a north-west suburb of Mumbai, Khan said, "Manmohan Singh is not a weak prime minister, his silence should not be taken to mean he is weak. He signed the 123 deal with the United States, that was his biggest achievement and it shows he is a strong person."

Khan, who was on vacation and flew for 48 hours to reach Mumbai on Thursday morning, in time to cast his vote, said youngsters should come out and vote. "It will be very sad if they don't vote," he said.

Asked what was the biggest issue bothering him in the run-up to the elections, Khan said, "You have to remember this is a national election, not a state election or a city election. What matters is issues of national importance, that's what matters."

Terrorism, in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, is one of the issues, he said. "I feel education is also very important for the progress of the country."

"We may have problems but our country is still better than many other nations," he added.

Asked who should be elected, Khan said, "We should vote for a party that is for peace and does not divide the people of India. We should select candidates who are progressive."

"We are progressing well and I hope the vote is for honest people," he signed off

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Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai