President Patil yet again defends her foreign tours

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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a v moorthi besides TIHAR

5 years ago

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/full-t... shows the full transcript of the interview.

on going thro the interview it clearly emerges President had her conducted herself with dignity in her 45 years of public life. it may be recalled the controversy over her residence post retirement was also because of mishandling the issue by estate dept of the Army in Pune. President desires a particular location , the land holder here in this case Army should have made it clear that the piece of land is ear marked for some other purpose but instead of doing this estate Dept of Army failed to report properly and unnecessarily dragged the President name. It should be understood her Office prevents her from responding to every media report. This interview might have been organised by her wishers in NDTV but NDTV has done nice job in placing the transcript so that if any body has any objection on any of Presidents claim let it be broght to NDTV's notice and i am sure President will set right the issues that require clarification in her final interaction with media as President of India.

Dr RSen Gupta

5 years ago

It is very unfortunate to have a President who is full of contradictions and allegations ever since she was nominated as the President. till the present day--be it her trying to grab the Defence lands, expensive Foreign Tours with a huge expense of over 200 CRORES, more than any previous President. Instead of a role model leader, she turned out to be one with greed and misuse of the august position. Thank God that her term is soon coming to an end.

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