ITANAGAR, May 24 � Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki bade an emotional farewell to outgoing Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence in Delhi today.
Wishing Dr Singh all the best and a healthy life ahead, Tuki conveyed gratitude to him for his constant support and showing personal interest in development and welfare of Arunachal and its people over the years.
While recollecting Dr Singh�s visit to the State as Prime Minister in 2008, Tuki said the development package announced by him marked a watershed in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. He said the PM�s package ushered in a new era of development in the State and predicted that completion of the projects will bring a sea change in the development landscape of Arunachal.
�I owe a debt of personal gratitude to you for always lending a sympathetic ear to the problems of Arunachal. Our state benefitted from your prompt action. Your firm belief that the development of States like ours is a measure of the progress of the nation as a whole will continue to inspire and guide us in the times ahead,� Tuki said.
Tuki asserted that it would be hard for anyone to match the standards of probity in public life, which Dr Singh embodied during his long tenure.
�The country was able to tide over many difficult crises especially in the backdrop of the global financial scenario primarily due to your sagacity and acute understanding of the fundamentals of good governance. It is needless to mention that the landmark economic reforms introduced by you guided India into the 21st century as a globally competitive economic power,� he observed.
Dr Singh, in his acceptance speech, assured that his blessings are always with the people of Arunachal as it has a special place in his heart. He also congratulated Tuki for taking oath as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term and hoped that the State will witness rapid development under his stewardship.