Manmohan Singh in speech praises UPA on economic growth, hits out at Narendra Modi

Agencies Posted online: Friday, Jan 03, 2014 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday sought to dispel the perception of policy paralysis when he addressed a press conference, broadly speaking on three areas - politics, economy and foreign affairs - outlining what has been achieved and what remains to be done.

Addressing the media, Manmohan Singh said he will hand over the top job to a new leader after general elections due by May.

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* We will reflect on the results of assembly elections and learn appropriate lessons: PM

* No individual or authority can substitute the due process of democratic governance: PM.

* Global growth cycle turning for the better: Prime Minister.

* All emerging economies including India faced slowdown in the past couple of years: PM

* We are set for better times, says PM highlighting growth rate in past 9 years is the highest.

* Number of people below poverty line has come down: PM.

* Inspite of unprecedented Parliamentary hold-up, we have passed several important laws: PM

* Concerned over not generating employment in manufacturing sector; need efforts to support medium and small enterprises: PM.

* Not successful in controlling inflation, need to increase supplies to keep food prices under control:PM

* Worry about inflation is legitimate but income for most people have increased faster than inflation: PM

* Any wrong doing in government decisions will be punished through due process of law: PM

* I will hand over the charge to a new Prime Minister after the elections in a few months: PM

* We have not been successful in controlling persistent inflation primarily because food inflation has increased: PM

* We will continue to implement our policies to revive growth, promote enterprise, generate employment and eliminate poverty: PM

* We will announce the Congress PM candidate at an appropriate time: PM.

* Corruption charges against government relate to UPA-I and people of the country have not heeded to those charges and given us a second term: PM

* When history is written, we will come out unscathed: PM

* I have ruled myself out as a PM candidate if UPA comes back to power. Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be the PM candidate: PM

* I am confident that people will recognise the need for an alliance led by Congress for carrying out economic and social revolutions: PM.

* Price rise was a factor in people turning against Congress in the recent assembly polls: PM

* It was in fact I who insisted on transparency in coal block allocation: PM

* I regret that the benefits of implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations could not reach all people: PM

Price rise could be a factor for people turning against Congress party: Surge in intern'l commodity, energy prices made effective price control difficult: PM

* So long as we are in power we will continue to push the ball of reforms: PM.

* I have served the country with utmost dedication and integrity. I have never used my office to enrich my friends or relatives: PM

* I did not get time to apply my mind on allegations against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh : PM

* There are some hiccups and temporary aberrations. Diplomacy should be given a chance to resolve issues between India and the US: PM

* If you measure the strength of Prime Minister by presiding over mass massacre of innocent citizens on streets of Ahmedabad, then I do not believe in it: PM

* Under compulsion of coalition politics I have served as best I could: PM

* We have maintained and sustained the momentum of rapid economic growth: PM

* It has worked exceedingly well, PM on dual centres of power with Congress President.

* I have not been able to visit Pakistan as circumstances were not appropriate to achieve solid results. Still hopeful of making it during my tenure: PM

* I have always felt that our government would have strengthened if Rahul Gandhi had joined it: PM

* Nobody (in Congress) has asked me to step down because of any inadequacies as Prime Minister: PM

* My best moment as PM was when we struck a nuclear deal with the US, says PM

* Corruption is an issue. Aam Admi Party has been able to make success out of their concerns of eradication of corruption, says PM

* Dealing with corruption not an easy process. All parties must collectively grapple with it, says PM

* I have publicly apologised to the Sikh community on behalf of the government. What happened in 1984 should have never happened: PM

* I still have not thought through what I will do after my tenure ends as Prime Minister, says PM

* No decision on raising quota of subsidised LPG cylinders: PM

* It is not a disadvantage or drawback to make corrections on the direction of party leadership in national interest: PM

* History will be kinder to me than the contempory media and the opposition parties in Parliament: PM

* Will endeavour to create an atmosphere to pass five-six anti-corruption bills in Parliament, says PM

* My two terms have displayed the Congress' ability to run a coalition government. Compromises were made in peripheral issues and not on national problems, says PM