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'Not just PM, I was accidental Finance Minister too': Manmohan Singh

He also stated that while he was criticised for being a 'silent' prime minister, he has never shied away from speaking to the press.

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New Delhi Published on: December 19, 2018 11:27 IST
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he was not only an 'accidental prime minister', but also the country's 'accidental finance minister'.

'I have been termed as an accident prime minister of the country, but I think I was also an accidental finance minister", he said after the launch of his book 'Changing India' on Tuesday in New Delhi.

He also stated that while he was criticised for being a 'silent' prime minister, he has never shied away from speaking to the press.

"People say I was a silent prime minister, but I think these volumes (his book 'Changing India') speak for themselves. I was not the prime minister who was afraid of talking to the press. I met the press regularly. In every tour. In every foreign tour, I had press conferences in the plane or after landing", he said.

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He further added that when he was the Finance Minister in 1991, he was successful in helping turn a crisis into a 'great opportunity'.

"Life has been a great adventure and an enterprise, which I relish. I have no regrets. I will never be able to return what my country gave me. Some part of life has been smooth sailing and there were some hiccups'.

Singh, who has been critical of the BJP government for destroying the economy through the implementation of GST and demonetisation, said that despite all the hurdles, India will rise to become an economic superpower. 

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