Dr. Manmohan Singh has been Prime Minister of the country since May 2004. The only serious trial of strength his government has had to face in Parliament was in July, 2008, when on the issue of India’s nuclear treaty with the U.S.A., the Left Parties withdrew support to the U.P.A. Government
The Government, reduced to a minority, decided to win the confidence vote by bribing MPs. And this was done openly and shamelessly. Three BJP MPs actually played the role of whistle-blowers and in the full glare of TV cameras dumped a crore of rupees on the centre table of the Lok Sabha on July 22 while the confidence vote debate was going on.