Unfazed by the clamour of allegations against him, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he had nothing to hide in the coal blocks allotments case and is willing to be questioned by the CBI as he is not above the law of the land.
Singh also asserted that despite "scams" surfacing in UPA-II, the Congress had won "hands down" in 2009 and he was certain a similar surprise was in store in 2014.
"I am not above the law of the land. If there is anything that the CBI, or for that matter, anybody wants to ask, I have nothing to hide," Singh said about the CBI reaching his doorstep in connection with the coal blocks allotted to Aditya Birla group firm Hindalco.
Speaking to the media on his way back from visits to Russia and China, Singh was quite confident that these accusations and cases will not adversely impact the electoral prospects of the Congress next year. "First of all, I would say the 'scams' that you are referring to, took place not in UPA-II, they took place in UPA-I. After that we had a general election.
The Congress party won in that election hands down and I am sure when the result of 2014 gets out, the country will once again be surprised," Singh said when asked if his credibility had taken a beating because of a spate of scams during his tenure.
The politician in Singh was well on display Thursday as he refused to get drawn into any detailed discussion on the legacy he would be leaving after nearly a decade at the helm. "That is for history to judge. I am doing my duty. I will continue to do my duty. What impact my 10 years of prime ministership will have is something which is for historians to judge," he said.
Instead, Singh sought to turn the gaze on the BJP and Narendra Modi as he expressed concern over what he said is the hate politics being spread across the country. "I and all sane persons should