Ex-PM Manmohan Singh emerges flashpoint in Indian politics
The Straits Times|August 13, 2023
Rare appearance by Congress leader wins praise but also sparks debate on his legacy
Debarshi Dasgupta
Ex-PM Manmohan Singh emerges flashpoint in Indian politics

NEW DELHI - One of India's most respected politicians, former prime minister Manmohan Singh has mostly been out of public view in recent years because of his frail health.

But the nonagenarian Congress leader's rare appearance in a wheelchair in Parliament on Monday to vote on a crucial Bill concerning the administrative control of capital New Delhi has won him renewed respect from many individuals, prompting nostalgia for his leadership but also unleashing political bickering over his legacy.

"Dr Manmohan Singh was severely misjudged by this country, he was not only a strong Prime Minister but also a dedicated and dignified leader," said X user Roshan Rai.

While the Congress Party and other opposition politicians gushed with praise for the member of Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of the Parliament) - one even hailing him as a "beacon of integrity" - the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was clearly not impressed.

In a post on X in Hindi, the party described the Congress' decision to have "a former prime minister sitting on a wheelchair late at night in the House in such a state of health and that too just to keep its dishonest alliance alive" as "extremely shameful".

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