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Clear­ing taint Though his aides claim that he can­not be im­pli­cated in the Coalgate scam, Man­mo­han is con­sult­ing pri­vate lawyers to work out his de­fence.

Global states­man His for­eign trips will be aimed at ce­ment­ing his rep­u­ta­tion as a mod­erniser and a mod­er­ate.

Re­born re­formist He will give one fi­nal push to fi­nan­cial bills which are close to his heart, such as the Goods and Ser­vices Tax Bill, Insurance Bill, and the Di­rect Taxes Code, to keep his rep­u­ta­tion as a re­formist in­tact.

Best Bud­get ever His first Bud­get as fi­nance min­is­ter in 1991 got him a place in his­tory. In 2014, as Prime Min­is­ter, it will be his last at­tempt to leave a mark. He may take this as an op­por­tu­nity to an­nounce a ground- break­ing in­terim Bud­get, leav­ing it for the next gov­ern­ment for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

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