India imports about 75 percent of its oil, and Singh, the architect of India's 1991 transformation from a socialist-style economy to a capitalist one, has argued the country needs the nuclear deal to power its financial growth and lift hundreds of millions of its 1.1 billion citizens out of poverty.

Closing Tuesday's debate over the confidence motion, Singh said in a speech to lawmakers that the deal would "lead India to become a major power center of the evolving global economy."

But the speech was presented only in written form because shouting opponents kept Singh from speaking.

Even by the standards of India's theatrical and often chaotic political culture, the politicking of the past week and the actual debate were considered ugly.

A former solicitor general, Harish Salve, called the scandal-laden vote "the worst defeat of Indian democracy." He was especially horrified by the spectacle of lawmakers waving bundles of cash on Tuesday, which he termed "ghastly."

India's equally raucous media vacillated between blasting the alleged corruption and reveling in the spectacle of it all. One New Delhi tabloid newspaper, Mail Today, printed a graphic Tuesday illustrating how many suitcases would be needed to carry more than $5 million worth of rupees, the alleged going rate to bribe a lawmaker. The verdict: at least eight — and they'd weigh at least 690 pounds. . . . . . . . .INDIA IS NOW ABOUT TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES AS OTHER NUCLEAR NATIONS .


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