The Post article talks about how Singh "introduced a series of policies that freed the Indian economy from suffocating state control and unleashed the dynamism of its private sector" and says that he "is in danger of going down in history as a failure".
Singh, 79, is featured on the cover of Time magazine's Asia edition, which will be out next week. With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads The Underachiever — India needs a reboot.
'Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh up to the job?' Time's report titled A Man in Shadow asks, adding that apart from facing the challenges of a slowdown in economic growth, huge fiscal deficit and a falling rupee, Congress party-led UPA coalition "has found itself fending off corruption scandals...."
"....investors are beginning to get cold feet. Voters too are losing confidence, as rising inflation and a litany of scandals chip away at the government’s credibility," the magazine said.
Pointing towards Singh's fall "from grace," the magazine said, "in the past three years, the calm confidence he (Singh) once radiated has been absent. He seems unable to control his ministers and — his new, temporary portfolio at the finance ministry notwithstanding — unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms..."Congress, BJP lock horns
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Wednesday termed as unfortunate the Washington Post report that has described Manmohan Singh as a silent Prime Minister, saying the government will seek an apology from the editor and publisher of the US daily.
"If the Washington Post has published such a statement for our Prime Minister, then I will strongly protest," she said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the Washington Post report has now made the Prime Minister's position untenable, adding that Manmohan Singh must resign immediately.
"It has taken a long (time) for the Washington Post to realise that the Prime Minister of India does not speak, and now not speaking proves his guilt as well. The position of the Prime Minister today is untenable," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy. "The BJP has been demanding his resignation, as an appropriate step. I hope his conscience pricks him and he decides to quit," he added.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut used the report to target the ruling UPA government, and said the paper had reflected the view of everybody in India.
"Not just the Washington Post, but every post says so. We are also saying that the Prime Minister and his whole government are inefficient. Everyday a new scam comes to light, the government is not functioning and the common man is suffering," said Raut.
"Considering these conditions of the country, I feel that the demand for Prime Minister's resignation is right. If we need to save the country, then we will have to remove this Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)," he added.(With PTI, IANS, ANI inputs)
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