I hope politics and sports don't get mixed: Manmohan Singh on IPL row

I hope politics and sports don't get mixed: Manmohan Singh on IPL row
Speaking on-board his special plane, returning to India after visiting Japan and Thailand, Prime minister Manmohan  Singh spoke on a variety of issues including saying that he hoped sports and politics don't get mixed up. This, when he was asked about the ongoing IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal unfolding in the country.

Highlights of his interaction with the press:

  • Won't comment on the IPL. The matter is under investigation. I hope politics and sports don't get mixed up.
  • There is an invitation from government of Pakistan for me to visit them - no dates have been fixed but we would certainly like better relations.
  • We are committed to resolving all issues between India and Pakistan in a peaceful manner. That was a sentiment reciprocated by Nawaz Sharif.
  • It has been my great privilege to represent Assam in the Rajya Sabha since 1991. I will do so with renewed vigour and dedication.
  • We are thinking of filling up the few vacancies that are there in the Cabinet. 
  • No permanent allies, no permanent enemies in politics. (On whether Congress will reach out to Left, Mamata Banerjee for UPA-III)
  • In the coming months you will see inflation coming under greater control and the scope for growth-promoting activities increasing.

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