Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that he will not stay in the post if his Congress party wins the next election, due in the summer.
He said a Congress candidate would be named at the appropriate time, but that deputy leader Rahul Gandhi had “outstanding credentials”.
Mr Singh said it would be “disastrous for the country” if opposition leader Narendra Modi were elected PM.“Someone who presided over the massacre of innocent people should not be the prime minister,” Mr Singh said in uncharacteristically harsh words for Mr Modi.
Mr Modi is the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat and has been accused of doing little to stop the 2002 anti-Muslim riots there which left more than 1,000 people dead. Mr Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.Mr Singh spoke on a wide range of issues, including the economy, inflation and corruption.
“In a few months’ time, after the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new prime minister,” Mr Singh said in his opening remarks.
He said he was “confident” that the next prime minister would be from the Congress-led coalition and that Rahul Gandhi had outstanding credentials to be nominated as the party’s candidate.
We countrymen also want that our youth icon may reign this country and may give new dimensions to this country. The person who headed a government didn’t appoint Lokayukta (an anti-corruption ombudsman who entertains the the grievances of the people of state against corrupt public functionaries ) in state of Gujarat since ten years wants to wear the crown of prime minister of this country is sheer unjustified. These shameless people who throws mud on our Honest prime minister why don’t think that they are promoting a person for the post of prime minister who floated the norm of constitution time and again. Whether any state government which is law-abiding will overlook the appointment of Lok-ayukta. During Godhara carnage ,even judge of High court was unsafe who belonged to particular section some how could be provided adequate security on the interference of chief justice of Gujarat High court. The person who allowed the genocide of particular community as the chief minister of state of Gujarat would be ever capable to preserve secular structure of country. Our veteran leader who retained the post of prime minister of India since ten years articulated rightly that to make Narendra Modi prime minister of India may prove fatal to this vast democracy in the world.