"I served the country for almost four decades in different capacities. My only concern was my country and its people," said Singh, referring to repeated opposition barbs on his ability to lead the nation.
He claimed the UPA government had succeeded in taking many steps on economic and social fronts and some of its bold decisions had helped the country withstand two major slowdowns. "Our fundamentals are strong. That is how we withstood two global crises," he said. He, however, admitted that not much could be done in certain areas.
The PM criticised the BJP's divisive politics and also went on to slam the Left. "The Left has failed to change with the time. That is why it suffered serious setbacks in the last two elections (assembly and LS)," he said and added that only the Congress could handle divisive and violent forces.