Dr. Manmohan Singh resigns

Completing 10 uninterrupted years as Prime Minister and a day after the BJP's landslide victory , Manmohan Singh on Saturday submitted resignation of his council of ministers, saying the mandate should be respected by all. Shortly after the Cabinet recommended dissolution of the Lok Sabha, Singh drove down to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee, who asked him to continue as caretaker PM till the new government is formed.
Wishing the incoming government success, Singh said, “The just concluded elections have deepened the foundations of our democratic polity“.
In his last televised address to the nation, Singh said he had tried to do his best in serving the country and his tenure was an “open book“.
“Ten years ago, when I was entrusted with this responsibility, I entered upon it with diligence as my tool, truth as my beacon and a prayer that I might always do the right thing,“ he said.
“In the last ten years, we as a country have seen many successes and achievements that we should be proud of. Today , India is a far stronger country in every respect than it was a decade ago.
“I give credit for these success es to all of you. However, there is still vast latent development potential in our country and we must collectively work hard to realize it“, Singh said.
Singh served for the longest tenure in a stretch after Jawaharlal Nehru's 17 years in office.

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