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Mar 18, 2011

PM says gov’t not involved in vote-buying

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday that no government members were involved in vote-buying to win a confidence vote in 2008 and doubted the veracity of the claims, defying resignation calls over the issue.

The scandal over cash for votes is unlikely to immediately endanger the Congress-led government, but it increases the pressure on Singh, who is already battling allegations of graft in cases ranging from the $39 billion telecoms scam to the Adarsh apartment scandal.

Mar 18, 2011

India PM says gov’t not involved in vote-buying

NEW DELHI, March 18 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh said on Friday that no government members were
involved in vote-buying to win a confidence vote in 2008 and
doubted the veracity of the claims, defying resignation calls
over the issue.

The scandal over cash for votes is unlikely to immediately
endanger Singh’s government, but it increases the pressure on
Singh already battling allegations of graft in cases ranging
from grant of telecom licenses to apartments for war widows.

Mar 18, 2011

PM says no knowledge of vote buying

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday he had no knowledge of vote buying to win a confidence vote in 2008 and doubted the veracity of the claims, a day after defying resignation calls over the issue.

The scandal over cash for votes is unlikely to immediately endanger Singh’s government, but it increases the pressure on Singh already battling allegations of graft in cases ranging from grant of telecom licenses to apartments for war widows.

Mar 18, 2011

India PM says no knowledge of vote buying

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday he had no knowledge of vote buying to win a confidence vote in 2008 and doubted the veracity of the claims, a day after defying resignation calls over the issue.

The scandal over cash for votes is unlikely to immediately endanger Singh’s government, but it increases the pressure on Singh already battling allegations of graft in cases ranging from grant of telecom licenses to apartments for war widows.

Mar 18, 2011

Manmohan Singh says no knowledge of vote buying

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday he had no knowledge of vote buying to win a confidence vote in 2008 and doubted the veracity of the claims, a day after defying resignation calls over the issue.

The scandal over cash for votes is unlikely to immediately endanger Singh’s government, but it increases the pressure on Singh already battling allegations of graft in cases ranging from grant of telecom licenses to apartments for war widows.

Mar 17, 2011

BJP demands PM resign over cash-for-votes scandal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced parliament to adjourn on Thursday and demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resign over a WikiLeaks report that his party paid bribes to win a confidence vote in 2008, a fresh blow to the scandal-tainted coalition.

The Hindu newspaper, citing U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, said a ruling Congress party official told a U.S. diplomat they had a fund of 500-600 million rupees ($11-13 million) to pay off lawmakers in 2008.

Mar 17, 2011

India’s opposition demands PM resign over cash-for-votes scandal

NEW DELHI, March 17 (Reuters) – India’s opposition forced
parliament to adjourn on Thursday and demanded Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh resign over a WikiLeaks report that his party
paid bribes to win a confidence vote in 2008, a fresh blow to
the scandal-tainted coalition.

The Hindu newspaper, citing U.S. diplomatic cables released
by WikiLeaks, said a ruling Congress party official told a U.S.
diplomat they had a fund of 500-600 million rupees ($11-13
million) to pay off lawmakers in 2008.

Mar 14, 2011

Britain seeks transparency in doing business with India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Britain would like greater transparency for companies doing business in India and will raise specific concerns from British firms with the New Delhi government, Trade Minister Stephen Green said on Monday.

Green, on an India trip this week, will promote British expertise in areas such as railways, as part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s strategic trade push to emerging giants like India and China to help Britain’s economic recovery.

Mar 7, 2011

Possible successors to PM Manmohan Singh

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose image has been tarnished by a series of corruption scandals, faces a fresh political test after DMK, a key coalition partner, said it would pull out of the cabinet.

Singh, 78, is widely seen as holding the fort till Congress party heir apparent Rahul Gandhi takes over. But with Rahul showing no indications he is ready, any move by Singh to resign means party chief Sonia Gandhi will have to look among the most senior government ministers to fill the top post.

Mar 7, 2011

Possible successors to Indian PM Singh

NEW DELHI, March 7 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, whose image has been tarnished by a series of
corruption scandals, faces a fresh political test after a key
coalition partner said it would pull out of the
cabinet. Y

Singh, 78, is widely seen as holding the fort till Congress
party heir apparent Rahul Gandhi takes over. But with Rahul
showing no indications he is ready, any move by Singh to resign
means party chief Sonia Gandhi will have to look among the most
senior government ministers to fill the top post.

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