Have no objection to Rahul Gandhi becoming PM: Manmohan Singh

26 May 2011
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he has no objection to Rahul Gandhi succeeding him as PM but said no such discussions were currently taking place within the ruling party.

In his interaction with the editors on Wednesday, Manmohan Singh said he had no hesitation in bringing himself under the purview of Lokpal. However, he added but many of his Cabinet colleagues felt that bringing the institution of Prime Minister under Lokpal would create instability.

Manmohan Singh said the government will find a way out on Lokpal and try for a consensus.

Commenting on the institution of Lokpal, Manmohan Singh said, "We need a strong Lokpal although it is not a panacea".

Manmohan Singh was critical of the media and said the media has become "accuser, prosecutor and judge".

The prime minister confirmed that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had complained to him about suspected bugging of his offices and he had ordered Intelligence Bureau to investigate. It is a closed chapter now, he said.

On police action against Ramdev at Ramlila grounds, Manmohan Singh said it was unfortunate but there was no alternative.

He said, government is committed to pursuing whatever is feasible to deal with blackmoney, tax evasion and corruption but it is not a one-shot operation.

He dismissed talks of being a lameduck Prime Minister as 'clever propaganda' by the Opposition.

Manmohan Singh heaped praise on Sonia Gandhi and said, "I have got maximum cooperation from Sonia Gandhi who has done a superb job as Congress president."

Commenting on the impending Cabinet reshuffle, the PM said that it is a "work in progress", but refused to disclose when it will actually take place.

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