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Mar 06, 2013 at 12:47am IST

Make your own assessment, Pranab Mukherjee on Modi's PM remark

Onboard Air India One: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday refused to be drawn into a controversy over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's comments that he would have been a better choice for prime minister than Manmohan Singh, saying they could make their "own assessment".

"You can have your own assessment," a smiling Mukherjee told reporters, accompanying him back from his three-day maiden foreign visit to Bangladesh, when asked about Modi's remark.

In the three-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive council meet that ended in Delhi Sunday, Modi had said: "Had Pranab Mukherjee become the prime minister of this country, the situation would have been perhaps not so bad."

Make your own assessment, Pranab on Modi's PM remark

Narendra Modi had said that a strong leader like Pranab would have made a better Prime Minister than Manmohan Singh.