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In the book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru claims that Singh was ‘defanged’ by the Congress party in his second term. Photo: Hindustan Times
In the book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, Sanjaya Baru claims that Singh was ‘defanged’ by the Congress party in his second term. Photo: Hindustan Times

Congress criticizes Sanjaya Baru over book

Congress says Sanjaya Baru did not have access to interactions between Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi or govt files to claim there were differences between the two leaders

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s former media adviser Sanjaya Baru did not have access to interactions between Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi or government files to claim there were differences between the two leaders, the Congress party said on Tuesday.

“Baru fails to explain how exactly he came to know of the ‘differences’ between India’s two top most political figures that he so authoritatively chronicles if he had access neither to their one-on-one interactions nor to government files, and the said differences were not publicly aired," the party said in a release.

In the book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, Baru claims that Singh was “defanged" by the Congress party in his second term. He says Gandhi decided on key appointments to the Cabinet and to the Prime Minister’s Office as Singh seemed to “surrender" to her and to coalition partners of the United Progressive Alliance.

The Congress said the timing of the book’s publication qualifies it to be the “mother of all plants", adding that the book is a “compilation of well-known, and well-worn baseless and planted speculative gossip."

“The political relationship between the PM and the Congress President is an inspiring example of the great democratic tradition of selfless cooperation of political leaders in the best interests of our nation, established and fostered in the Congress party by Mahatma Gandhi," the party said.

Experts say the book could do further damage to the Congress party as it seeks a third term in office trailing the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and battling a loss of face from a series of corruption scandals.

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