PM Manmohan Singh to chair last Cabinet meet today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will chair his last Cabinet meet on Tuesday, a day before a farewell dinner being hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on May 14 for him.

Updated: May 13, 2014, 08:29 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will chair his last Cabinet meet on Tuesday, a day before a farewell dinner being hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on May 14 for him.

Dr Singh will be demittimng his office on May 17, a day after the results of General Elections are out.

Earlier, this year the prime minister had announced that he will not seek a third term after the parliamentary election.

The 81-year-old leader, who has been prime minister since 2004 at the head of a Congress-led UPA coalition, had announced that "in a few months time, after the General Election, I will hand the baton over to a new prime minister.
During the farewell dinner, Dr Singh will be presented a memento signed by all CWC Members and Union Ministers, sources said.

The dinner by Gandhi, who is also UPA Chairperson, comes two days before the announcement of results of Lok Sabha elections.
On the eve of his demitting office , the Prime Minister is to "address the people" in a farewell speech.

Congress leaders had always spoken of the relationship between the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as an ideal division of labour, which saw perfect harmonization between the government and the party.

AICC has always maintained that there cannot be any better relationship between a party president and a Prime Minister and had often dismissed as "rumours and disinformation" reports of differences between the two.