Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced to retire after the next general election and said that he would not be a candidate for prime minister for the third time.
In New Delhi, he told a press conference on Friday, “this is the right time to hand over power to the younger generation.” He hopes that they can deal with all the obstacles and show the right path to the country. However, he does not want to resign before the ‘Lokshava’ election. Sonia Gandhi’s decision will be considered as final in this regard.
He considered Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as the most eligible person for the post of Prime Minister. He said, “Rahul has all the qualifications for being the prime minister.” Rahul is doing a very good job. “It will be the right decision if he will be the prime minister.” said Manmohan Singh. At the same time, he said that if BJP leader Narendra Modi would be elected, it would be dangerous in the country.
At the beginning of the press conference, he said, ”in assembly elections the party could not do well. By taking a lesson from that Congress will fight for ‘Lokshova’ election.”
Speaking to the success to the UPA government, he said, ”it is trying to overcome the country’s economic downturn. The villages have been contributed to the development of roads and electricity. Farmers’ improvement has been increased as well as the number of BPL has been decreased substantially. Improvements occur in education and health area. India has become a major exporter of food for the world and also GDP has increased.”
For overstated price of food, he said, ”for increasing inflation food price rising could not be controlled. However, the food inflation can be prevented in the future due to the food-safety bill.”
Regarding corruption, prime minister Manmohan Singh said that he had served the nation as prime minister for nine and half years with honesty and dedication. He also claimed that he had never abused the power and maintained his duties and responsibilities as the prime minister.
He has worked with honesty, and history will assess him. However, he is unwilling to accept that he is responsible for the undermining of government’s image.