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.
So our PM Manmohan singh has become astrologer, giving statement on Modi! See your tenure as PM, would it be more disastrous!!!— R.M Tiwari (@rmtiwari99) January 3, 2014
MMS attacking NaMo inspite of recent court order is unbecoming. Shows that MMS is selectively honest and not as simple as he appears #UPA3— Vijay (@vijayshejul) January 3, 2014
Pm Manmohan singh says Modi will be a disastrous PM and Rahul G is the best candidate.Thats like godzilla recommending anaconda fr the job..— Bhavyatejj (@bhavyatejj) January 3, 2014