I am not weak: Manmohan Singh
Dismissing talk that he is a "lameduck" Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh today said he has been entrusted with the job by the Congress party from which he has not heard "any contrary view".delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2011 13:38 IST
Dismissing talk that he is a "lameduck" Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said he has been entrusted with the job by the Congress party from which he has not heard "any contrary view".
Terming the perception that his government had gone "comatose" and was "lameduck" as clever propaganda of the Opposition "to which some sections of the media had lent ear", Singh asserted that "truth will prevail" and his performance will speak.
Singh spoke of "maximum possible cooperation" that he was getting from Congress President Sonia Gandhi whom he met one-on-one every week. He had never felt that she was an "obstacle".
During a 100-minute interaction with five editors at his official residence, a relaxed Prime Minister confidently fielded questions on a wide range of issues including the talk that Rahul Gandhi should take his place, the lokpal bill, corruption and relations with neighbouring countries.
Sonia Gandhi had done a "superb job" as Congress President for nearly 15 years now, he underlined.
Asked about occasional statements from party functionaries that Rahul Gandhi should become Prime Minister, Singh said that the Congress Party and its President had entrusted him with this job and he had not heard any contrary view from the Congress high command.
"In fact, the Congress high command has always been most supportive, particularly Mrs Gandhi," the Prime Minister said.
He went on to add, "Personally, if you ask me, the general proposition that younger people should take over, I think, is the right sentiment".
Whenever the party "makes up its mind I will be very happy to step down, but so long as I am here I have a job to do".
First Published: Jun 29, 2011 13:37 IST