Excerpts from PM's press meet: Corruption charges from UPA-1, people still voted for us

Manmohan SinghRahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated as the (PM) candidate. I hope our party will take that decision at the appropriate time, said Manmohan. (PTI)

Do you think the Congress should now announce its PM candidate?

The Congress president has already answered that question. We will announce our candidate for the Prime Ministership at the appropriate time.

Corruption issues which have come to light during UPA-2.

Most of these charges relate to the period of UPA-1. Coal block allocation as well as 2G spectrum allocation were both in the era of the UPA-1. We went to the electorate on the basis of our performance in that period, and the people of India gave us the mandate to govern for another five years. So, whether these issues which have been raised from time to time by the media, sometimes by the CAG, sometimes by court, one must never forget that they belong to a period which was not the period of the UPA-2, but the period relating to the previous five years, and the people of India entrusted us with new responsibilities. So the people of India do not seem to have paid heed to all these charges of corruption which are levied against me or my party.

Do you feel there is something you should have done differently (on scandals like CWG and 2G)?

I feel somewhat sad, because I was the one who insisted that spectrum allocation should be transparent, it should be fair, it should be equitable. I was the one who insisted that coal blocks should be allocated on the basis of auctions. The Opposition has a vested interest. Sometimes the media play into their hands as well, and therefore, I have every reason to believe, that when history is written of this period, we will come out unscathed. This is not to say that there was no irregularity. There were irregularities. But the dimensions of the problems have been overstated by the media, by the CAG sometimes, and by other entities.

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