The Great Debate (India)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been criticised by the Supreme Court over why he failed to probe what could potentially emerge as the country’s biggest corruption scam.
The telecoms scandal is the biggest challenge to Singh, 78, since he became prime minister in 2004, and how the next few days unfold will be key to his political survival.
Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja was sacked last week after months of pressure from the opposition and Indian media.
The Supreme Court publicly criticised Singh for “alleged inaction” in taking 16 months to decide if Raja should be charged and investigated, a blow to the image of a prime minister seen as one of the country’s most honest politicians.
Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati will defend the prime minister in person at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, and he is expected to say Singh followed correct procedure.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday expelled former finance minister Jaswant Singh from its primary membership for praising Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a book.
As election fever reaches its peak amid the counting of votes on Saturday, all eyes are now on which party will cobble up a majority and stake claim to form the new government. And who will be India’s new prime minister? Will it be –
The father of India’s economic reforms, Singh’s image of a compromise prime minister opened him up to criticism that he took orders from Congress party boss Sonia Gandhi and he has been criticised as a weak and directionless leader.
The Ides of March have been linked with deep political intrigue and pre-meditated violence and history notes that Caesar paid a very heavy price for not paying heed to the sage advice rendered unto him.