The aam admi (common man), the Congress mascot in the last elections, has been well looked after in the last five years.
President Pratibha Patil sought to suggest this in her customary address to the joint sitting of Parliament, noting that the United Progressive Alliance government has 'acted on nearly all the commitments made to the people'.
Maintaining that people measure government not on the basis of what it says but on the basis of what it does, she said, "in a democracy, government is measured on a simple maxim -- aam admi ko kya mila? (what did the common man get?)"
Her address marked the start of Parliament session in the new year, the last for the 14th Lok Sabha.
She noted that when democratic, secular, progressive forces came together in this government, it sought to make itself accountabe to the people through a National Common Minimum Programme.
Image: President Pratibha Patil waves during the 'At Home' reception at the presidential palace after the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. | Photograph: Desmond Boylan/Reuters B Mathur
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