Recuperating steadily after undergoing bypass surgery, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he was fit to take part in the election campaigning.
"I am alright. Of course, I will campaign," Singh said in his first interaction with mediapersons on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
This was also the prime minister's first public appearance since his heart surgery on January 24.
Singh, along with his wife Gursharan Kaur, sat through the 75-minute function in which defence personnel and others were honoured for showing exceptional gallantry in fighting terror and facing other challenges.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition L K Advani, Defence Minister A K Antony and a host of other dignitaries were present.
Resuming his normal activities, the prime minister had on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Union Cabinet for the first time after the surgery.