Manmohan Singh not to contest LS polls
New Delhi | Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he would not be a candidate of the Congress Party in the April-May Lok Sabha elections because of health reasons.
"I just had a bypass heart surgery and recovery will take some time," he told mediapesons in reply to a question if he felt confident to contest the Lok Sabha elections in the context of his being projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Party.
"I don't think I am in a position right now to jump in the election fray," Dr Singh, who underwent a second bypass surgery in January this year, said.
"Being nominated as a Prime Minister candidate is a great honour. I have tried my very best to do whatever was possible as Prime Minister in the past five years.
"Under the guidance of Ms Gandhi, I am sure our government will do better if given a chance again." On the criticism that Dr Singh had continued as Rajya Sabha member throughout his premiership, he said "Mr Advani is trying to make a new constitutional norm." On Mr Advani's suggestion seeking a constitutional amendment for making it mandatory for a PM to be from Lok Sabha and not from Rajya Sabha, Dr Singh recalled numerous instances when the Rajya Sabha members had continued as Prime Minister.
"Indira Gandhi started her Prime Ministerial career from the Rajya Sabha and so was Mr H D Deve Gowda and Mr I K Gujral. The Constitution is clear on the issue. So long as it remains unaltered, Mr Advani should not make such remarks," the PM said.
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