Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a massive corruption scandal raises the risk that his wounded government could fall well before its authorization runs out in 2014.
Indian Prime Minister
Indian Prime minister is improbably to stop following last week’s Supreme Court order for 122 telecoms licenses to be revoked, a deeply embarrassing ruling that accused the government of virtually gifting away an important national asset at throwaway prices. A former media adviser to the 79-year-old prime minister, Singh has seriously considered stepping down at times during the turbulence of the past 12 months but has slogged on out of fidelity to the ruling Congress party.
Indian PM has various compulsive colleagues who could step in to lead Congress into the next elections, hoping that they can shake off the unpopularity that has closed in on the party since it won a second five year term in year of 2009. There was some rare comfort for the government on Saturday, when a court cleared Singh’s interior minister of signing off on the sale of the mobile network licenses, which may have cost the national exchequer up to $36 billion in lost revenues.
There was some rare relief for the government on Saturday, when a court cleared Singh’s interior minister of signing off on the sale of the mobile network licenses, which may have cost the public exchequer up to $36 billion in lost revenues. Buoyed by this ruling which kept the blame for short-changing the nation from spreading across Singh’s cabinet the Congress party is most likely to try to limp on, just as it did through 2011. Last year it survived the detention of a minister over the telecoms scandal, country wide protests over corruption, flip-flopping by fickle regional parties in its coalition, and dismay over a policy paralysis as Indian economic growth was boarding.