A confident, calm and composed Manmohan Singh fielded a wide range of questions — from his relations with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to his “three regrets” after a stint of nine years — from the media contingent accompanying him on his way back from visits to Japan and Thailand but revealed precious little.
The Prime Minister had no complaints with the UPA allies, his Council of Ministers or the Congress rank and file. He implied that all his “three regrets” were about the Opposition.
“I think there has been a great sense of continuity between UPA-1 and UPA-2. But it is unfortunately a fact that the Opposition has become more impatient than ever before. They never expected that we would win the election for UPA-1. “But they were doubly disappointed when we won the election for UPA-2. Therefore, the obstructionist role of the Opposition has increased enormously in recent years. And it is my great regret that some very essential business of the House has not been transacted because of these animosities between the Opposition and the government,” Dr. Singh noted.
Asked about the perceived differences between him and the Congress president on the resignation of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, the Prime Minister said: “I can say in all truthfulness that there is no difference of opinion between me and the Congress president. We work together on almost every issue where consultation is needed, I consult the Congress president.”