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New Delhi, May 24, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today strongly denied there were any "mistrust" or differences between him and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on any issue.
"There is not an iota of truth in the reports about any mistrust between me and Ms Sonia Gandhi," he said at his first formal press conference in the capital in four years.
The interaction was organised to mark the completion of the first year of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government's second five-year term in power.
Dr Singh pointed out that Ms Gandhi was the president of the Congress party and the chairperson of the UPA.
"I am a Congressman. There is no question of any difference in thinking betwen me and the Congress Prsident on how the Government should function," he said.
To another question, he said there was no mismatch between the views of the Government and the Congress party on various issues. He said there was effective coordination between the Government and the party and he also had the benefit of constant advice from Ms Gandhi.
"We meet every week. There is no basis for the belief that there is no effective coordination of views between the Government and the party," he said.
There were also some light moments when a journalist asked him a question about whose advice he valued more, Ms Gandhi or his wife, Ms Gursharan Kaur.
"I am fortunate to have the advice of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and my wife. Both of them deal with different subjects and I welcome advice from both," he said, sending the hall into loud laughter.