This revelation comes at a tumultuous time for the Congress Party, as The New York Times reports:
The uproar comes as the Congress Party has been besieged for months over allegations of corruption. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, known for his integrity, has been hammered by opposition leaders for failing to prevent a telecom scandal that may have cost India's treasury as much as $40 billion. A parliamentary committee is now investigating the telecom scandal, and Mr. Singh has defended himself in remarks made to parliament.The 2008 deal is considered one of Singh's main achievements as prime minister and is credited with improving India-U.S. relations. According to The Hindu, in addition to several scams that have surfaced over the past few months, this recent allegation has the entire Opposition demanding his resignation. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that the cables are protected by diplomatic immunity and could not be confirmed or denied.
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