CHURUMURI POLL: Manmohan, still ‘Mr Clean’?

Manmohan Singh‘s unique selling proposition (USP), especially with the urban middle-class, has been his squeaky clean image in the “cesspool of Indian politics”. No scam or scandal or slipup under his watch begins without a mandatory mantra of the “prime minister’s personal integrity being beyond question”.

The artfully constructed scaffolding came unstuck last year with the 2G spectrum allocation and Commonwealth Games (CWG) scams although Congress’ media miesters rushed to certify that the PM had nothing to do with the scandals. Even that weak defence fell with the S-band issue and the nomination of the chief vigilance commissioner.

Now, in a further blow, the latest tranche of cables sent by American diplomats based in India, published by The Hindu, shows the huge pile of muck that lies rotting outside 7, Race Course Road.

“Five days before the Manmohan Singh government faced a crucial vote of confidence on the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal in 2008, a political aide to Congress leader Satish Sharma showed a US embassy employee “two chests containing cash” he said was part of a bigger fund of Rs 50 crore to Rs 60 crore that the party had assembled to purchase the support of MPs. The aide also claimed the four MPs belonging to Ajit Singh‘s Rashtriya Lok Dal had already been paid Rs. 10 crore each to ensure they voted the right way on the floor of the Lok Sabha.”

The cable only confirms what had been public knowledge with the widely televised “cash for votes” scandal.

But read together with the JMM scandal of the early 1990s, when his mentor P.V. Narasimha Rao, bought the votes of MPs of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in a similar deal, it raises a few uncomfortable questions about Manmohan Singh’s “personal integrity”.

Is personal integrity just about physically receiving money, or does it extend to other parameters? Is silence an indication of collusion? Are the Congress and its allies (like NCP and DMK) using the PM’s image to make merry? Or is Manmohan Singh a master of the realpolitik, a pragmatic politician who knows how to balance various countervailing forces while doing his job as best as he can, inshallah?

Also read: CHURUMURI POLL: Manmohan Singh—still Mr Clean—I?

External reading: Madhu Kishwar on Manmohan Singh

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16 Responses to “CHURUMURI POLL: Manmohan, still ‘Mr Clean’?”

  1. Deepak Says:

    When was he ever Mr.Clean? Right from the day he participated in PVN’s golmal Govt. his clean sheen is off. He couldn’t win a Lok Sabha poll and had to enter the Rajya Sabha with a false affidavit. Whether he has personally participated in the looting is immaterial!! Mr.PM, the fact that you now preside over the most shamelessly corrupt Govt. of this country is proof enough of your integrity.
    If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – if you stay then be ready to get singed!!!

  2. Complex Says:

    I am Rajnikanth

  3. the colonel Says:

    We Need MMS.


    thank you mms.

    what happens next? God help us.

    But there is no god.

    If he was there it wouldn’t have happened.

  4. nagarbhavi Says:

    Not surprised. Why blame poor Mannu for what Italian Lady is doing?

  5. T Azeez Luthfullah Says:

    Who could be called as Mr Clean? The hands of some leaders are soaked with human blood. Some are swimming in it. The hands of some other are dusted with Govt. land. The hands of some other are smeared with ill gotten wealth. Nobody is clean here. Everybody is naked in this bathroom.

    As once famously taunted by Tavleen Singh, our leaders are affected by Bap ki Jaidaad Syndrome. They treat govt. lands, govt. vehicles, govt. money, govt. schemes as their ancestral properties.

    But, tell me, do anybody care about it?

  6. mounaprasad Says:

    Manservant Singh’s squeaky clean image is a creation of the media. No middle class person in his right mind would buy this nonsense. This doormat of a prime minister filed a false affidavit that he was resident of Guwahati to get into the Rajya sabha and was caught with his pants…er kurta down. He also lied to the Parliament about the controversial nuclear deal he signed with the us. STOP calling this guy squeaky clean.

  7. Indu Ramesh Says:

    How can we still say he is clean?

  8. div Says:

    His “personal financial integrity” is a desirable value in a politician but not sufficient by any means. Vision, leadership, bravery and a will to clean up the mess are more important than personal financial integrity.

  9. Simple Says:

    Whether he is clean or not is not the question, whether people accept him and will vote for him is what we should talk about.

    Going by the past record, it looks likely that MMS will win the votes of people, hands down. Here is statistical proof:

    1. Sex tainted freaks like Renuckacharya got elected again and again.
    2. Shibu Soren gets elected again and again – though he was convicted on serious charges of murder
    3. Navjoth Singh Sidhu gets elected again and again inspite of his road rage muder case.
    4. BSY wins election after election inspite of a hundred corruption cases against him.
    5. Anti sikh riots MPs from Delhi got elected repeatedly
    6. 2G or no 2G/ DMK looks set to win Tamil Nadu although, foolishly the press has been handing over the advantage to AIADMK.
    7. Modi gets elected repeatedly in Gujarat in spite of serious charges against him.

  10. bc Says:

    isn’t it time we asked mr sardesai what happened to the sting tape? should he be allowed to hide behind the justifications he came up with? isn’t that tape that purportedly has visuals of cash changing hands for votes a crucial, clinching evidence? if nd tiwari getting help from two women is fodder for national channels but this is not, doesn’t it say a lot about the media itself? and manmohan singh is a liar just like anybody else. i am a tax payer and a voter, and i wish i had a gun..

  11. Vikram Says:

    @ not so complex
    how the **** you drag Rajnikanth in this

  12. twistleton Says:

    Clean? Macbeth could be cleaner…

  13. mounaprasad Says:

    >Whether he is clean or not is not the question, whether people accept him and will vote for him is what we should talk about.>>
    This guy is sneaking into the Rajya Sabha through the back door, there is not question of this guy ever facing a direct contest anywhere…

  14. Dinipc Says:

    Manmohan is a puppet. And his hands are soiled in the blood of innocent people that suffer due to his regime’s corruption.

  15. Ramu Says:

    How can you call him clean? You cannot call a person like MMS having such high authority( read power) as highest integrity, when his entire coterie of ministers are plundering the nation in all possible ways. How can even one say of no role, when you have new scams popping up everyday? It’s better for MMS to quit or act on the criminals. Even that is not possible, given the state of our judicial system. The whole system is a mess!

  16. Jaidev Says:

    I will disagree with the other comments here to say Manmohan is indeed clean today because he is a completely powerless puppet slave to his Italian CIA-controlled handler Ms. Edvige Antonia Albina Maino a.k.a. Sonia Gandhi, and the other power brokers who are actually running the show and doing the dirty work. This fool of a PM is the reason India continues sliding into the morass of despair now that the “aam junta” has completely accepted corruption, pillage, goondagiri and rape of the environment as the accepted way of life in this once great country that once had the potential to be on par with the best in the world in terms of economic, military and influential power.

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