Insult over injury, Washington Post terms PM 'tragic figure'

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PM Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Sept 5: As if the trouble back home was not bad enough for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is mired with the coal scam and lots of other scams, he is not only facing flak from just media channels in the country but from abroad as well. After the Time magazine's 'Underachiever' tag, the latest adjective to adorn the PM is 'tragic figure'. The reference was made by popular newspaper The Washington Post.

The report has slammed Indian PM's silence when the country is mired with controversies and scams, especially during the UPA regime. However, Congress members have rubbished the report. The Washington Post report has described PM as a 'silent' PM. ".....the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure." [Read the Washington Post report on the PM here]

Citing that Manmohan Singh is presiding over a deeply corrupt government, the report stated, "But the image of the scrupulously honourable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: A dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government."

The report also mentions the continuous stalling of Parliament and the demand for PM's resignation over the coal scam. The report added, "Every day for the past two weeks, India's Parliament has been adjourned as the opposition bays for Singh's resignation over allegations of waste and corruption in the allocation of coal-mining concessions."

The newspaper article mentions Singh's fall from grace in the second term. Meanwhile, the Opposition parties are adding fuel to the insult. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, after the newspaper report came out, has been quoted as saying, "Tere Bhrastachar ke charche har zubaan par, sabko maalum hai, aur sabko khabar ho gayi."

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on the other hand, said, "What is so great about The Washington Post, every Post here is saying what the paper said."

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