Prime Minister Manmohan Singh neither ruled himself in nor ruled himself out for a third term in South Block.
Asked on Friday by journalists whether he would accept a third term as Prime Minister, Dr. Singh said, “It is a hypothetical question... We are yet to complete this term.” Pressed on whether he was ruling himself out, he said, “I am not ruling it in, I am not ruling it out.”
The Prime Minister’s impatience with questions posed by journalists covering the Padma awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan was evident.
Rahul’s speech ‘excellent’
Asked whether he would welcome Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister, Dr. Singh replied, “Oh yes, any day.” Asked to comment on Mr. Gandhi's speech at the CII on Thursday, he remarked, “Excellent.”
And to a question on the two centres of power controversy, he dismissed it, saying, “This is the creation of the media. It is a useless debate.”