81-year-old Singh drove to the Rashtrapati Bhavan from his official residence 7, Race Course Road, to submit the resignation of his Council of Ministers.

President Mukherjee requested the Prime Minister to continue till the new government assumes office.
"The President has accepted the resignation of Manmohan Singh and has requested him and his colleagues to continue till the new government is formed," a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said.

Singh handed over his resignation and the recommendation of the Cabinet for dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha.
After their brief meeting, Mukherjee, in a rare gesture, came to the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to see off Singh.
The Cabinet met earlier in the day and recommended dissolution of the Lok Sabha.

Bidding adieu to the nation as Prime Minister, Singh earlier in the day said that he had tried to do his best in serving the country and his tenure of 10 years was an ‘open book’

"I address you today for the last time as Prime Minister of India. 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.

“The judgement delivered by the people in the elections should be respected by all and wished the incoming government every success,” he added while accepting the UPA’s defeat.

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Looking back at his tenure, the outgoing Prime Minister said, “India saw many successes and achievements ‘that we should be proud of’ and the country has become far stronger in last one decade. But it still has vast latent development potential.”

"Today, as I prepare to lay down office, I am aware that well before the final judgment that we all await from the Almighty, there is judgment in the court of public opinion that all elected officials and governments are required to submit themselves to,” he added.

"Fellow citizens, each one of us should respect the judgement that you have delivered. The just concluded elections have deepened the foundations of our democratic polity," he said.


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