From Tragic Figure to Singham: How Coal scam has transformed Manmohan Singh

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Last Thursday when Govt. of India announced increase of diesel prices and capped the subsidy on cooking gas, it came as a surprise to those who were happy about Manmohan Singh being sidelined on coal scam charges.

But bigger surprise was waiting for everyone on Friday, when Govt. decided to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail, this was even beyond the imagination of most loyal admirers in Dr. Singh.

Just few days back Manmohan was being criticized, attacked and laughed at by national and international media and political pundits for scams and policy paralysis. Opposition was busy demanding Manmohan’s resignation over coal scam and Congress leadership was all ready to cut him short by shuffling the cabinet and creating even louder noise among the party ranks for Rahul Gandhi as PM’ choice.

So what has changed it all? How come Manmohan suddenly become all so powerful to take policy decisions he always wanted to take but was not allowed by the “high command” siting political compulsions?

The secret of this transformation from tragic figure to Singham lies in a meeting that took place between Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh after his return from non aligned summit in Tehran. Apparently in this meeting Manmohan has clearly told Sonia Gandhi about pro-active role of Ahmed Patel in Coal block allocations. Ahmed Patel is one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest aides-he has been her political secretary since 2000, and she is known to rely on him greatly in the running of the Congress Party.

Those who know Manmohan singh and understands his economics and world overview, were aware of the fact that this is not the kind of Govt that Manmohan would like to head. He was witnessing the death of economic reforms initiated by him and P V Narsimha Rao.     

The coterie of likes of Digvijay Singhs and Ahmed Patels around Gandhi family was all enjoying this power without accountability for all these years and was happy to see MMS being blamed for all the corruption and loot happening under their indirect rule.

Rahul Gandhi’s incapability is no more a secret and Congress high command has no other option but to support Manmohan Singh when opposition is all gunning for his head.  

For the first time in last eight years of his tenure, Manmohan is in a dominating position against this coterie.

So this new Avtar of Manmohan is here to stay. 













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