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Mexico throws hat into IMF top job ring India in a tangle

BS Reporter  |  New Delhi 

It is now becoming clear that the post of head will see a two-way contest, as Governor of central bank of will visit India on Friday to seek support for the top job at the Fund, just two days after French finance minister made a similar appeal.

Carstens would meet Finance Minister among other Indian leaders, officials said. This may make India’s position a bit complicated as Mukherjee has said he would ask Carstens to withdraw from the contest.

French claimant Lagarde met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mukherjee and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman yesterday and appealed to them to consider her claim to the post on merit and not nationality. Sources said Mukherjee had told Lagarde that New Delhi supports her credentials.

However, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa had earlier come out with a joint statement asking for ending a practice to choose only a European to head the

The post fell vacant after IMF chief stepped down following charges of sexual assault.

First Published: Fri, June 10 2011. 00:05 IST