Baru's book only confirms what country ordinarily suspected: Jaitley
After former media advisor to the Prime Minister Sanjaya Baru's book, 'The Accidental Prime Minister', created ripples with highly sensational claim that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi superseded the government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley today took aim at the premier over rubber stamp claim, saying the book only confirms what the country ordinarily suspected.
The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said the PM has to get most of his decisions approved and ratified from the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, adding that the book shows that the institution of a prime minister has been minimised.
Though the book was dismissed as 'cheap fiction' by the Congress party dubbing Baru as 'an out of job, disgruntled turncoat', MR Jaitley said he has been reading the book for past two days and Baru is like a witness.
Giving instance of the book to target the ruling Congress, another BJP senior leader, L K Advani, blasted the PM saying that the revelation are not a surprise. Lot of things that everyone already knew have been authenticated by someone who the PM chose as his media adviser, Mr Advani told reporters.
The new book also revealed that despite corruption scandals, economic slowdown, the UPA-II government couldn't retire Mr Singh due to repeated failures of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
After the release of the book, Congress had accused Baru of serving the political agenda of BJP in the midst of the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala while rejecting the book as a cheap fiction had said 'Baru's current proximity to a strategist of Shri Narendra Modi is well known. Timing of his allegations establish whose political agenda he is seeking to serve.'
(Posted on 13-04-2014)