Weak Manmohan, yes, but what about Advani?

Saubhik Chakrabarti in The Indian Express:

“It’s a 25-crore rupee question (thank you, A.B. Bardhan) whether Manmohan Singh or L.K. Advani will claim victory after the July 22 trust vote. But whatever happens it would be hard to call Singh a weak prime minister again. And whatever happens, it would be a good point to start asking whether Advani is a weak party leader.

“Singh finally managed to force the UPA to take a call on the price to be paid for a certain kind of political support, a leadership gambit that will survive a trust vote loss because it rests on a fundamental appraisal of politics and policy. Advani, even if the government loses the trust vote, will have failed this leadership test.”

Read the full column: Weak PM in waiting?

Also read: Is Manmohan Singh our weakest PM?

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