All the PM’s men all the way from minus 3 to 8

The integrity and “essential honesty” of Manmohan Singh have been cited as major contributing factors for the Congress triumph in the 2009 election results. Be that as it may, how “strong” is “weak” Mr Singh going to be in standing up to the corrupt, inefficient and incompetent in forming his ministry now that he has a firm voice and vote?

The reporters and editors of the Indian Express, Delhi, have come up with a “Minister Meter” to gauge the performance of members of Team Manmohan in his first stint, and it makes for mighty revealing reading, subjective as it may be.

On a scale of ten, nine ministers negative marks. One worthie gets a round figure of zero.

The inclusion of many of them was seen to be an indication of the tugs and pulls of coalition politics. But now that the Congress win has been read as a “mandate for change”, etc, will Manmohan have the freedom to include men and women of professional competence, not just political clout?

Santosh Mohan Deb: minus 3/10

Shankersinh Vaghela: minus 2/10

Sisram Ola: minus 2/10

Arjun Singh: minus 2/10

A. Raja: minus 2/10T.R. Baalu: minus 1/10

Anbumani Ramadoss: minus 1/10

H.R. Bharadwaj: minus 1/10

Renuka Chowdhury: minus 1/10

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Shivaraj Patil: 0/10

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Oscar Fernandes: 1/10

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi: 2/10

P.R. Kyndiah: 2/10

Mahabir Prasad: 2/10

Subodh Kant Sahay: 2/10

Vilas Muttemwar: 2/10

Meira Kumar: 2/10

A.R. Antulay: 3/10

Kumari Selja: 3/10

G.K. Vasan: 4/10

Laloo Prasasd Yadav: 4/10

Saifuddin Soz: 4/10

S. Jaipal Reddy: 4/10

Ram Vilas Paswan: 4/10

Vayalar Ravi: 5/10

Mani Shankar Aiyar: 5/10

Kapil Sibal: 6/10

A.K. Antony: 6/10

Sharad Pawar: 6/10

Sushil Kumar Shinde: 6/10

Ambika Soni: 6/10

Prithviraj Chavan: 7/10

Murli Deora: 7/10

Prem Chand Gupta: 7/10

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh: 7/10

P. Chidambaram: 8/10

Pranab Mukherjee: 8/10

Kamal Nath: 8/10

Praful Patel: 8/10