Manmohan Singh decade-long record
NEW DELHI: India’s Manmohan Singh defended his decade-long record on Saturday as he resigned as prime minister a day after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic election victory.
The 81-year-old premier’s final years in power were marked by slowing economic growth as his government struggled to overcome charges of weak leadership and corruption.
After making a final televised address to the nation in the morning, India’s third-longest serving PM was driven to the presidency building in central New Delhi, where he tendered his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee.
“Today India is a far stronger country than it was a decade ago,” he said in a short and typically low-key speech, wearing his trademark blue turban. “I give you credit for it. We still need to work hard to take this country forward.”
The economist also sent his best wishes to his successor Modi, a polarising Hindu nationalist whom Singh said in January would be “disastrous” for the country, in unusually forthright remarks.