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Mani Shankar Aiyar says join the Congress as 'circus', to achieve something.

New Delhi, July 25 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has said to be a part of this party, one has to be a part of the circus that goes on at the Congress committee office.

Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Aiyar said: "We all are there and a kind of fair is held at the 24, Akbar road and if you want to be a part of the Congress, then you will have to join that circus, then only you can be a part of it. Sometime you achieve success and sometime you may fail but you always keep faith that one or the other day, you will definitely achieve something."

Aiyar said unlike other parties, which are based on caste, position, state, language or society, Congress has people who hold different viewpoints and live harmoniously with faith in variety.

"This is a party where people of different opinion can live harmoniously but from that, there is one base point on which they always stand and it is that we have faith in variety and we celebrate variety. We feel very happy if we have various varieties of people between us and this is a truth about our party other parties are formed based either on caste, position, state, language or society. But Congress is one party, which is the mirror of the country," said Aiyar.

Talking about the new economic policies, Aiyar said the pattern of economic policies adopted by the government has resulted in 8 percent growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 0.8 percent growth of poverty.

"The Congress party has wrestled with the question of the new economic policy in such a manner that those who have serious reservations about it, people like me, are marginalized. The party as a whole is behind Prime Minister Manmohan Singh . I don't know what the question you are asking is? The fact of the matter is that what were concerns of the Congress party from the days of Mahatma Gandhi onwards continue to be for 80 percent of our people, the concerns today. This pattern of economic growth that we have adopted has resulted in 8 percent growth of GDP and 0.8 percent growth of poverty," said Aiyar.

Aiyar said the economic growth pattern has resulted in country's position to remain at 134 from the last 17 years in United Nations Human Development Index

"This economic growth pattern has resulted in India's position on the UN Human Development Index which was 134 in 1994, 17 years later, being in 2011, exactly there 134," he added. (ANI)

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Date:Jul 27, 2011
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