New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cryptic remark leaving open the possibility of him being in the race for a third term prompted BJP to call him a "reluctant" politician who has shown his true "political colours" while Congress sought to downplay the comment.
"Dr Manmohan Singh is a very reluctant politician. But what is surprising is that few days after Holi, the reluctant politician has shown his true political colours. And that too being audaciously ambitious," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in response to a question.
Singh yesterday appeared not to rule himself out of the race for Prime Ministership after the next Lok Sabha elections.
Asked by reporters yesterday whether he would accept another term in office if Congress President Sonia Gandhi offers him prime ministership again after 2014, Singh said: "these are all hypothetical questions. We will cross that bridge when we reach there".
Union Minister and Congress leader Rajiv Shukla remarked that the Prime Minister had said nothing to suggest he was ready for a third term.