“Manmohan Singh has indulged in a self-serving exercise without any deep introspection expected of a great leader,” said Lok Satta Party national president N Jayaprakash Narayan (JP) through a press release issued in reaction to what is apparently the Prime Minister’s last press conference from that chair early this morning.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s interaction with media earlier in the day, JP said Singh has undoubtedly failed to leverage the great opportunity presented to him for the first time after 1971. The 1984 election held after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, which witnessed Rajiv Gandhi coming to power, was an aberration in that it brought into play people’s primordial loyalties.
The Prime Minister failed to utilize the historic opportunity presented to him in 2004 and 2009 to give a direction to the nation, the LSP said.
No one questions Manmohan Singh’s personal intentions or integrity
“No one questions Manmohan Singh’s personal intentions or integrity. Personal honesty is a minimum requirement but not the maximum qualification for a Prime Minister. When you lead a complex country like India the Prime Minister has to be more than a symbol of reconciliation,” said JP.
The Congress as well as all other parties have to introspect why there has been a disconnect between them and people, especially the younger generation, the release concludes by asking.