Addressing a group of journalists on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony of new Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday, Sept 29, Prime Minister rubbished opposition's charges on the role of US in bringing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
Questioning opposition's charges, Singh asked, "What has America got to do with reforms in India?"
A seemingly agitated PM added that India was an independent country and could not be dictated by anybody.
Congress-led UPA government in the Centre has been severely criticised by both opposition parties and UPA allies for bringing FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders.
Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had questioned Singh and his government over the reform measures.
"I ask the Prime Minister what is the problem. What is the reason to bring FDI?" Modi said.
However, Singh remains adamant on his reform measures, in spite of large-scale opposition from all quarters.
"We will do what is good for the country... reforms are not one-off process," he said.
On the Supreme Court's opinion on the issue of auction of natural resources, the Prime Minister said, "We honour the judgement."
Singh said that he shared no bitterness against Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, who had withdrawn her support from UPA coalition.