Sanjaya Baru’s book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh was dismissed as “cheap fiction” and the former media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was dubbed as “an out of job, disgruntled turncoat” by the Congress on Saturday, PTI reported. However, the Opposition latched on to the book to target the ruling party.
Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said by Baru’s own admission, he wanted the job of PM’s media adviser after the UPA victory in 2009 — for which he was found “incompetent and rejected”. “He is now minting cheap fiction bordering on absurdity to regain lost relevance.”
Even FM P Chidambaram rejected suggestions that it was Congress president
Sonia Gandhi who was running UPA-II. “I don’t,” Chidambaram said when asked whether he would agree with the claim. Answering a question whether in the past 10 years never was there an occasion when the PM had to go to No 10, Janpath, for clearance, he said never in the past 10 years the PM has told him that he had to “go back and ask someone” to take decisions.
“We are in a party democracy. There are decisions and decisions. Some decisions can be taken within the government. Some have to be taken only after consultation with the party. This is a political party government. Some decisions were taken after consultations within the UPA. Is not the CPI(M) consulted on a decision to taken by its government? Do not state political parties given their inputs to their governments?” Chidambaram asked.
“If it is a political decision which requires political consultation, well, I myself have taken it to the core group,” Chidambaram said.