Shashi getting support from Mittal Steel

Times of India has the story. Laxmi Niwas Mittal, the head of Mittal Steel, will use his network to help Shashi Tharoor:

Mittal plans to use his goodwill among policymakers of at least 17 countries across Africa and Europe, particularly eastern Europe, to drum up support for Tharoor. He also wants to be Tharoor’s bridge to 10, Downing Street, and through it, hopefully, the White House.

This also suggests that Shashi is still having trouble with 2 P5 members.

Apparently Mittal has helped the Indian government in Central Asia to get some oil contracts. The article also says that Shashi has been traveling in Latin America:

Last week, the writer-diplomat called up Deora from South America. Deora, in turn, reiterated Mittal’s support for him.

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