New Delhi, Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

The Sanjay Baru book claims about UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi being the only power centre in the UPA government today provided ready fuel to BJP in the midst of the Lok Sabha elections, to make a blistering attack- both on the Congress President and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh- accusing them of sabotaging the Constitutional scheme of things in the country.

BJP, in a hard hitting offensive, asked Ms Gandhi to tell whether it was true, as claimed in the just published book by the former media adviser to the Prime Minister in UPA 1, that Cabinet files came to her for clearance before going to the Prime Minister.

It also wanted to know from the Prime Minister whether he had lost his power to form his own Cabinet and was forced to induct A Raja, accused in the 2G spectrum Scam, in the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Congress President.

The party also urged Dr Singh to tell whether it was true that he did not take daily intelligence briefings as is the practice, because of the differences with the National Security Adviser.

The ''revelations'' in the Sanjay Baru book about some decision taken with the blessings of Ms Gandhi and Gen JJ Singh to arrive at some ''understanding'' with Pakistan on Siachin also agitated BJP and it asked the Congress President to tell the truth to the nation.

It has another poser for the Prime Minister- why he did not take any action in so many cases of corruption.

The five questions were put to the Prime Minister and the Congress president at a press conference by BJP Spokesperson Nirmala Sitharam here.

In fact, what has been stated in the book was already known by all and the party did not need the book to make its assessment of the way the UPA government was functioning, said Ms Sitharam.

The BJP Spokesperson said the revelation made by Mr Sanjay

Baru about the Prime Minister not taking daily intelligence briefing, was highly disturbing as it would impact on the security of the nation.

She said it was high time for the Congress to introspect and give answers to the people.

Congress is indulging in nothing but negativity while BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in his every speech was giving constructive ideas of reviving the economy, Ms Sitharaman said, adding that the UPA Government had abysmally failed to control prices and provide job to the people.

In fact, the party has been rattled, and it should now see the writing on the wall, said Ms Sitharaman.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Office in a statement issued yesterday on Dr Baru's book 'The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh' has described his claims 'as ''fiction and coloured views'' of a former Advisor, which should not be believed.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)