Investment was essentially flat in the March quarter and industrial output rose 6.3 percent in April, its slowest in three months. Inflation accelerated faster than expected in May, to 9.06 percent, with price pressures spreading from food to the manufacturing sector, while the central bank may have run out of tools to contain it after ten rate rises.
It is a running joke in Delhi that Singh will delay policies by forming committees to probe thorny issues. There is even a "GoM" (Group of Ministers) committee on briefing the media.
Manmohan Singh, 78, appears to have settled in as a lame-duck prime minister, his reputation hit by corruption scams. Like many prime ministers, he may now put his focus on foreign policy and relations with Pakistan as one, lasting legacy.
Mukherjee, his chief troubleshooter and a wily and long-serving Congress stalwart, spent hours this month chairing a bickering committee drafting a decades-old anti-graft bill.
Congress has been far more concerned with policies aimed at staying in power -- like a popular but expensive scheme to provide jobs for the rural poor -- while Singh and some of his ministers and officials are seen as more reform oriented.
And the party may be far more focused on its election campaign in Uttar Pradesh next year -- a vote that will set the stage for a 2014 general election that could usher family scion Rahul Gandhi into the national race -- rather than reforms.