Singh said the love and affection that the people of the country have given him will stay with him forever and his party respects the verdict given by the Indian masses.

“My dear countrymen, we accept you verdict with humility,” Manmohan said during his farewell speech.

 “I wish the incoming government every success as it embarks on its task,” he further said.

Trying to put forward a brave face, Singh said the UPA had achieved lots of success in the last ten years and the entire nation deserves credit for it.

The former Finance Minister said he is proud of the fact that India is much stronger right now than it was ten years before.

He added that he is convinced the future of India is bright, adding that it has been his good fortune that he got an opportunity to serve the country.

“I have confidence in the bright future of India. It has been my good fortune to serve my nation. Today India is a far stronger country today than it was 10 years ago. I give credit to this to all of you,” Singh said.

Hailing the landmark Lok Sabha polls, Singh said the general elections this time has strengthened the roots of our nation’s democratic set up.

Branding his life as an open book, Singh said he gave his all while serving the nation and tried his best to live up to the expectations of people.

“My life and tenure in public office are an open book. I have always tried to do my best in serving this great nation,” Singh said.

“Even after I leave the post of PM, the love and affection you have given me will stay with me,” he added.

Text of PM Manmohan Singh's last address to the nation

My Fellow Citizens,

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.

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.

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.

As I have said on many occasions, my life and tenure in public office are an open book. I have always tried to do my best in serving this great nation of ours.

In the last ten years, we as a country have seen many successes and achievements that we should be proud of. Today, India is a far stronger country in every respect than it was a decade ago. I give credit for these successes to all of you. However, there is still vast latent development potential in our country and we must collectively work hard to realize it.

As I leave office, my abiding memory will be the love and kindness that I have always received from you. I owe everything to this country, this great land of ours where I, an underprivileged child of Partition, was empowered enough to rise and occupy high office. It is both a debt that I will never be able to repay and a decoration that I will always wear with pride.

Friends, I am confident about the future of India. I firmly believe that the emergence of India as a major powerhouse of the evolving global economy is an idea whose time has come. Blending tradition with modernity and unity with diversity, this nation of ours can show the way forward to the world. Serving this nation has been my privilege. There is nothing more that I could ask for.

I wish the incoming government every success as it embarks on its task and pray for even greater successes for our nation.

Thank you. Jai Hind.


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