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Who says what on PM Manmohan Singh's press conference
With today's press conference, Manmohan Singh cleared that he is no longer in the race of Prime-ministerial-ship. He expressed his hopes that that the next Prime Minister of the country will be from UPA. He indicated the name of Rahul Gandhi as the Congress' PM candidate for the coming Lok Sabha polls. He also predicted that, 'it would be disastrous to for the country to have Narendra Modi as PM'.

Apart from this, Prime Minister politely admitted the government's failure to check unemployment, corruption and inflation during its 10 years regime.

We spoke to few politicians and political experts to find out what they think about what the Prime Minister Dr. Singh said today, especially on this issue of Narendra Modi.

Dr. Ashok Tandon, Former Media Advisor to Ex. PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee:

It was not at all a positive press conference. Normally the tradition is to have a press conference in new year, which gives an annual feature and gives the balance sheet of government's performance. But this time, it was totally a different one, it was like a press conference conducted to announce his (Manmohan Singh) retirement from the post of Prime Minister. In his press conference, rather than counting his achievements, he started admitting the shortcomings of the UPA Govt. He feels that Modi is a real threat for his party. Earlier the Congress party used to ignore Modi, but now Modi has become a real leader.

Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Spokesperson:

I think it was disastrous, as he has been in the past. It was a scripted exit, which is what one can see. He was showing a lack of confidence completely, this government has lost the moral authority to carry on even a charade of governance. If the results of the assembly elections in the four states is anything to go by, then the mood of the nation is very clear and that is to say good bye to the Congress completely. They are talking about forming UPA III, I will go to an extent of saying that they will not even get adequate numbers to be in the opposition. They will be wiped out completely.

KG Suresh, Political Analyst:

I didn't find anything great about it, the conference was something very usual, whether it is about Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi, he has not said anything new about anybody. In fact he has admitted for the first time, that the government has committed three mistakes, but this is not going to provide any solution to the people. After 10 years being in government, you cannot say 'we were unable to do this'. The people wants result, its basically a damage control exercise, but it is a bit too late. He had no option other than bashing Modi, because he is a prime minister and Modi is a prime-ministerial candidate of the opposition party.

Rashid Alvi, Sr. Congress Leader:

It was a good press conference by the Prime Minister, he expressed his views and told about the achievements of UPA-I and UPA-II. He has done it in a very positive manner. And he also has commented very rightly on Modi, considering what he has done in 2002, he cannot be a prime minister and he is also not fit to be a prime ministerial candidate.

What are the citizens saying?

On twitter, Manmohan Singh got a lot of criticism for his aggressive stance against Narendra Modi. Some of the tweets are as below:

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