President Pratibha Patil gave an interview defending her expenditures during her tour to South Africa to a TV channel that had no representative in the media team accompanying her
On board special aircraft: Indian President Pratibha Patil yet again came out with a strong defence of her foreign tours, saying she was forced to go public on the issue despite government clarifications, reports PTI.
"Some things were explained in the briefing of the External Affairs Ministry. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma also said that it was very unfortunate to raise controversy over the President's visits. "Some things were such that I needed to clear them...." President Patil told reporters last night while returning from her nine- day tour of South Africa and Seychelles, her last foreign visit as President. Ms Patil retires on 25th July.
She was asked whether she felt that the government failed to be sufficiently pro-active to protect her by forcefully replying to the criticism of her foreign tours. President Patil's remarks came close on the heels of an interview to a TV channel to put her side of the story.
The interview appeared unusual as it was given during her visit of South Africa and to a channel that had no representative in the media team accompanying her during the tour.
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