Virbhadra sings same tune as Pranab on future in politics

Close on the heels of Pranab Mukherjee indicating that he will not be part of any government at the end of his present tenure due to age factor, his contemporary Virbhadra Singh has said the same applies to him as well.

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 18:12 PM IST

New Delhi: Close on the heels of Union
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee indicating that he will
not be part of any government at the end of his present tenure
due to age factor, his contemporary Virbhadra Singh has said
the same applies to him as well.

"I will be completing 50 years in public life soon. I
wish to say that I will quit honourably," Singh, 75, told PTI.
"It`s better to quit before people vote you out," the
Union Steel Minister said in a lighter vein when asked
whether he shares Mukherjee`s view.

Mukherjee had in a recent interview said, "My
goodness. What would be my age. I am already 75. There is a
limit beyond which you cannot go. How long do you expect me to
stay. Rather I have overstayed my wicket." He was asked
whether he would be part of any future cabinet of Rahul
Gandhi.

Singh, a leader from Himachal Pradesh who was
initiated into politics by former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur
Shastri and had contested Parliamentary elections for the
first time in 1962, also favoured younger generation taking
over the baton from people like him.
Singh, who served as Chief Minister of Himachal
Pradesh five times and was elected to Lok Sabha as many times,
said he was left with no political ambition.

"I had a long political innings at national level as
well in the state with veteran leaders...I am left with no
political ambition....younger people should take over," he
added.

PTI