New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he is confident that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will get a third term.

8 new faces inducted in Council of Ministers

"I have always believed that we will have a third go as UPA and the people will again repose their faith in us," the Prime Minister said in a tweet on Monday shortly after eight new Union Ministers were sworn-in at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This is the second term in government for the Congress-led UPA. The next Lok Sabha polls are scheduled for 2014.  

Rahul Gandhi a ‘natural leader’: PM

Describing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as a "natural leader", Singh said he would be very happy to see the young leader "step into his shoes".

"I have always said, as far as I am concerned, I would be very happy to see Rahul step into my shoes,” he said. "Rahul Gandhi is a natural leader of the Congress. I hope he will lead the UPA. I always believe Rahul is fit enough and has the right qualities of a leader," Singh added.

The Prime Minister brushed aside a query on whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi posed a challenge with a twitch to the eyebrow. "Modi is no threat. People of India know what he stands for... People of India have to draw their own conclusion what they stand for," Singh said.

On JD-U severing ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), he said, "It is their internal affair."

(JPN/Agencies)

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