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"The Government Is Acting As If It's In An Election Year"

In an exclusive interview with Arindam Mukherjee, Dr Manmohan Singh talks about economics, politics, the state of the nation and life after North Block.

"The Government Is Acting As If It's In An Election Year"
"The Government Is Acting As If It's In An Election Year"
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THE last nine months have been a strange flip-flop-ping period for Dr Manmohan Singh. As the Congress crumbled in the Lok Sabha elections, many partymen blamed Singh's economic policies for the defeat. For some months, it looked like the quiet sardar's public career was over. In the only interview he gave in those days (Outlook, July 24, 1996), he sounded bitter and said he would now focus on writing his autobiography.

Then came Sitaram Kesri, and Singh was made a member of the Congress Working Committee and shadow finance minister to keep close watch on the United Front (UF) Government's economics. For a brief moment there was even a whisper that Manmohan may be projected as the Congress prime ministerial candidate—after all, his honesty was beyond doubt and corruption charges were what was hounding the Congress.

If that was the flip, the flop came immediately after. Suddenly again, Singh appears to have been relegated to the wilderness by his party. No one apparently is sure of his status and clout, and there have been Congress voices carping that the UF Government...

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