Congress plans grand farewell for Singh

Congress plans grand farewell for Singh

The Congress is all set to give a grand farewell to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday in appreciation of the leadership he provided to the two consecutive UPA governments.

Singh will be honoured with a silver plaque carrying signatures of all members of the Congress Working Committee in a brief ceremony at 10 Janpath.

This will be followed by dinner for all members of the CWC and Union ministers from the party. Perhaps, for the first time, the Congress is honouring its prime minister for his leadership over the past 10 years.
In January, Singh had announced retirement from active politics by declaring that he would not seek a third term should the Congress form the next government at the Centre.

The Congress on Tuesday waxed eloquent on the “able stewardship” provided by Singh to the nation, particularly when it passed through “difficult times.”

“Singh’s experienced and seasoned stewardship, his personal integrity and ability to lead the country through difficult times is noteworthy and India is proud to have earned so many laurels and respect during the 10 years,” AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

Singh, 81, will be demitting office on May 17.

Manmohan Singh will continue as caretaker prime minister till his successor takes oath of office. He will vacate his official residence 7, Race Course Road and move into new residence at 3, Motilal Nehru Marg, after a new prime minister is sworn in.

Recently, books released by the prime minister’s associates in the government have claimed that it was the Congress president who called the shots.

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