Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on May 17 hold his last Cabinet meet before demitting office after 10 years as the head of a UPA coalition government, a report said on Monday.
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 United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments.
On January 03, 2014, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed his final press conference, and only his third one in 10 years. He announced his retirement from politics at the press conference.
Known as a workaholic who has never taken a holiday, Manmohan Singh has not even now drawn up any holiday plans after retirement, say people close to him.
The Prime Minister will address the nation before demitting office.
Manmohan Singh, India’s 13th prime minister and the first technocrat to rule the country, will still be visible in public life – as a Rajya Sabha member. He was re-elected for a six-year term last year, his fifth successive since 1991.
The 81-year-old Prime Minister had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in case the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) comes back to power.
The Oxford and Cambridge-educated Manmohan Singh has been prime minister since May 2004 when Sonia Gandhi hand-picked him for the job.