India: Blush Funds

Scandal over patronage

As Chief Minister of India's bustling southwestern state of Maharashtra, Abdul Rehman Antulay, 52, had built a reputation as an outspoken local leader of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Congress (I) Party. Antulay has presided in the state capital of Bombay over an ambitious array of populist projects designed to enhance both the party's image and his own. But last week Antulay was the center of a major scandal, in which he is alleged to have dispensed patronage and other favors in return for contributions and is said to have used Prime Minister Gandhi's name as...

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