We know it wasn't the inner voice that made Sonia decline the Prime Minister's job in 2004. Did Rahul Gandhi's pleadings make the difference or was it a combination of factors that forced her to decline?
Journalist and former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sanjaya Baru on Wednesday said he was advised to release his book before the general elections as it would not have any significance later.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was never shown any government files, her political secretary Ahmed Patel said, while terming as "baseless" the charges made against her in a book written by Prime Minister's former media advisor Sanjaya Baru.
Baru said that much of the controversy surrounding the book was because of the intial response, which was misplaced and media picked up what they got in their hands.
The PM's previous media advisor, Harish Khare, has bashed Sanjaya Baru's book on the PM. He has called all media advisers as Grand Nobodies. But the attacks lack credibility.
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"The allegation that Manmohan Singh was a weak Prime Minister with little control over his ministers is absolutely baseless.The book is an attempt to damage Singh's reputation for political mileage," he said.
"It is clear (in the book) who was the actual prime minister. What Manmohan Singh says does not matter. Both mother and son have to pay a price for this," he said.
The Prime Minister's Office on Friday came out with data to highlight the progress made under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the last 10 years in an effort to counter the damaging claims made by his former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru.
In a rare public interview discussing her father, Manmohan Singh's daughter Upinder Singh has hit out at the book by former media advisor to the PM Sanjaya Baru and called it an audacious account.
The Congress party asserted that what the prime minister did was a process of consultation as per the requirement of a coalition government and not mere obedience.
Advani alleged that Singh hid his failure to rein in corruption and scams behind compulsions of coalition politics, but he was too weak a PM to prevent corruption among ministers in his govt
She said Baru and Parakh underlined the fact that everything revolves around "the first family" and institutional mechanism had no place to play.
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That is when all the jokes about PM opening his mouth only when he went to a dentist started surfacing. Indeed it is a fate no PM would desire. But then, as I said earlier, history may be kinder to Singh as his 10 years, taken together, can be defended on merit.
At a time when his former media advisor's book has created political ripples, former Coal secretary PC Parakh has embarrassed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by saying that he was heading a government in which he had "little" political authority.
The most important disclosure in Sanjaya Baru's book is not the idea of dual power centres, but that Manmohan Singh had clearly surrendered to Sonia's will in UPA-2. There was only one power centre. This damages both Singh and Sonia
The PMO statement came as opposition launched a scathing attack on Gandhi and the prime minister, citing the claims by Baru.
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