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Not ruling out third term as PM: Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday refused to completely rule out the possibility of running for a third term as Prime Minster.

When asked whether he would accept a third term if the Congress party were to be re-elected, Singh said "It's a hypothetical question, I am not ruling it in... I am not ruling it out."

The PM was speaking at the Green National Accounts for India conference in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Prime Minister also praised Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's speech at the annual meet of the CII in New Delhi on Thursday calling it excellent. He also said he welcomed Gandhi as the PM at any time.

"I think he will make a great PM.. he is welcome any time," Singh said.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought to clear the air on him taking-up the top job terming all such questions as irrelevant. "Some say I will be PM, some say I won't be. These are all irrelevant questions. It is all smoke, it's not about one man, it's about the people" the Gandhi scion said while addressing industry leaders for the first time after being elevated as Congress vice president.

Singh also dubbed the debate over UPA's dual power system as unnecessary. "The issue of two power centres is a useless debate," he said.

Earlier this week, Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi said that the UPA's dual power system (Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) at the Centre has worked and the system would continue.

Dwivedi's comment came in response to party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh who said that the dual power system at the Centre had not worked.