20 Aug '11, 3am

India's "Mr Clean" PM cornered by anti-graft drive - Channel News Asia #Bollywood

NEW DELHI: There is no small irony in the fact that India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, known for his probity and integrity, now finds himself fighting for political survival with an anti-corruption activist. When the Congress party won elections in 2004, its decision to name Singh as premier was partly based on his unblemished record as the "Mr Clean" of Indian politics. After a thumping re-election in 2009, Singh was more popular than ever and there was never any doubt that he would retain the post for another term. But in the past year his reputation has taken a battering with a succession of high-profile, multi-billion-dollar corruption scams involving some top government officials. More recently he has been locked in a damaging battle of wills with the hugely popular campaigner Anna Hazare, who has triggered a wave of public fury over corruption that has left Singh...

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