On Board PM's Special Aircraft: Politics and Sports should not get mixed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday when asked to comment on the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

PM for resolving issues with Pak peacefully

Asked if the government was contemplating intervention into the scandal, Manmohan Singh said, “I would not like to comment on the type of things you have mentioned. This is under investigation.”

The Prime Minister refused to be drawn into the controversy that top politicians, including ministers, were holding top positions in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “It is not proper for me to comment. I only hope that politics and sports don't get mixed,” he said.

PM slams opposition over Parliament disruption

Manmohan Singh said his great regret as the Prime Minister was that many important bills had not been passed due to the "obstructionist" and "impatient" attitude of the opposition. "The obstructionist role of the opposition increased in recent years. My great regret is that many important bills have not been passed (due to the opposition's attitude)," he said.

Cabinet expansion being considered: PM

Manmohan Singh also said that he was considering expanding the Cabinet. "Cabinet expansion is being considered," Manmohan Singh told reporters on his way back to home after a five-day overseas trip to Japan and Thailand.

No permanent friends or enemies in politics: PM

Replying to a question if he would reach out to Left after 2014 general elections, the Prime Minister said, “There are no permanent allies in politics and no permanent enemies either.”

PM non-committal on backing DMK RS candidate

The Prime Minister also said that he is non-committal about Congress extending support to former UPA ally DMK's candidate for Rajya Sabha election in Tamil Nadu.

"I can't say on behalf of the Congress High Command. These are matters which are discussed at the highest level in our party. It will not be proper for me to pre-judge what stand the Congress party will take," he said.

DMK has 23 members in Tamil Nadu Assembly and on its own it cannot ensure the victory of its candidate.

No differences with Sonia: PM

The Prime Minister, while interacting with the mediapersons on board the special aircraft, also rejected reports of a rift between him and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, asserting that there was no truth in it as the two worked together almost on all issues.

"In all truthfulness, there is no difference of opinion between me and the Congress president," he said.

"This perception that on certain issues there were differences of opinion, there is no truth in that... We work together on almost every issue and where consultations are needed, I consult the Congress president," he said while responding to a question about perception of a trust deficit and divergences between him and Gandhi.


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