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New Delhi: On the eve of his demitting office after ten years at the head of a UPA coalition government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to address the people in a farewell speech.

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"It will be a kind of address to the people. The process of writing the speech has begun," a PMO official said.

The Prime Minister would be demitting office on May 17, a day after the Lok Sabha elections results are announced.

He had earlier this year announced his retirement, after a decade at the helm of two successive UPA governments.

Earlier on January 3, the Prime Minister had addressed his ‘final’ press conference. This was his third media briefing in last ten years.

In what was to become the turning point in the economic history of independent India, Singh spent five years between 1991 and 1996 as the Finance Minister. His role in ushering in a comprehensive policy of economic reforms is now recognized worldwide.

Singh, who has been a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) since 1991, seemed an unlikely choice for the Prime Minister’s post. Singh was, however, chosen to the lead the UPA coalition government as Congress president Sonia Gandhi turned down the top job after the elections in 2004.

Singh took over as the country’s Prime Minister for the second consecutive term in 2009 after the Congress-led UPA II formed government at the Centre.
Under fire since late 2010 for a series of corruption and scandals, Singh appeared on television to say he was not a ‘lame duck’ Prime Minister.

(JPN/Agencies)

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