M.J. Akbar, the former Asian Age editor widely believed to have lost his job due to his opposition to the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, continues with his relentless assault on prime minister Manmohan Singh in Khaleej Times:
“There is enough evidence that the voter punishes corruption and rewards probity. Leaders like Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Naveen Patnaik, Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi have won support because they are believed to be personally honest. It may not be the only reason for re-election, but it is a primary reason.
“The Congress had that advantage in the image of Dr Manmohan Singh. That reputation has self-destructed….
“The Prime Minister cannot hold his nose above the stink anymore. He was personally involved in the purchase of MPs…. The mask of morality used to fool us for four years now lies in that great receptacle called the dustbin of history.”
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