Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday strongly justified the hard economic decisions he had taken recently and asked the common man for support so that he could repeat his 1991 act - rescuing Indian economy from being at the bottom of the heap.
"I promise you that I will do everything necessary to put our country back on the path of high and inclusive growth," he said during his 17-minute televised address to the nation.
Showing no signs of succumbing under pressure from allies and the Opposition, Singh sought to reach out to the common man on a day the UPA's second largest constituent Trinamool Congress walked out on the government.
Apart from his annual addresses on Independence Day, this was the second time Singh spoke to the nation directly since the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
"At times, we need to say 'No' to the easy option and say 'Yes' to the difficult one. This happens to be one such occasion. The time has come for hard decisions," he said.
Prime Minister addresses the nation. PTI