Manmohan resigns as Indian PM; hopes BJP govt to further strengthen India

Manmohan resigns as Indian PM; hopes BJP govt to further strengthen India

NEW DELHI, (SANA): Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday resigned, a day after the ruling Congress party was decimated by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the general elections, Indian media reported.

Singh handed over his resignation letter, along with all his ministers, to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the latter’s official residence, Rashtrapati Bhawan, in the national capital, minutes after holding his last Cabinet meeting.

Singh is likely to remain as the caretaker prime minister till BJP s Narendra Modi is sworn in as the next head of government next week.

Earlier in the day, the 81-year-old prime minister addressed the nation for the last time before demitting office, urging people to “respect the judgment you have delivered,” and wishing the incoming government “success.”
In his televised address, Singh also hit back at his critics who targeted him over corruption scams and an economic slide in the last few years. “My life and tenure in public office are an open book. I have always tried to do my best in serving this great nation of ours,” he said.

The prime minister said India is a “far stronger country” than it was a decade ago. Manmohan hoped that the BJP government will further strengthen India. Manmohan said we all have to work jointly for further strengthening the country.

Singh, who was India s prime minister for the past 10 years, opted out of the race for the top post this year as the Congress party s election campaign was led by Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress managed to get just 44 seats on its own and 58 with its allies as the BJP led by Narendra Modi swept to power by crossing halfway mark in the 543-member Lower House of Parliament on its own.

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September 2021