New Delhi, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

In the eye of storm for his controversial book on the tenure of the UPA II, Dr Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today suggested the Congress Party failed to properly project the achievements of the Manmohan Singh Government in their process of playing up the role of Rahul Gandhi.

Dr Baru, while talking about the book "The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh" also said that in his view Dr Singh should have resigned after the incident in which party Vice-President tore up the Ordinance on convicted MPs passed by his Cabinet.

"The was the last straw, he should have quit that day," he said in an interaction to the Members of the Indian Women's Press Corps here.

The former media advisor, who in his book had suggested that the Congress President Sonia Gandhi undermined the authority of the Prime Minister, vehemently denied that his book was a 'job application to Narendra Modi' as termed by the Congress, and asserted that it was rather a very strong defence of the Manmohan Singh Government.

"The UPA I was a mandate for Sonia, but UPA II was a mandate for Manmohan Singh, and the selection of Dr Singh(for his achievements)," he said.

Dr Baru also felt that Dr Singh should have contested the 2009 Lok Sabha election, as a result of which he would have emerged much stronger.

While replying to a question, he said one of the problems with UPA II was that whole party went into the business of bringing up Rahul Gandhi, and then the allies too had their own agenda, and in addition to that the economy slowed down due to the 2008 global melt down.

When asked why he had written his book towards the fag end of Dr Singh's tenure, he said he decided to write the book after he felt that the country was being given a very wrong image of the Prime Minister. He was being made a butt of ridicule and joke, and attributed failures, which was far from truth.

"Chapter one to 13 explains what Dr Singh was trying to do, what he achieved and what he did not, and the last chapter was my personal assessment, he said, adding that people came to conclusion that my book was anti-Manmohan by having only a flimsy reading of book.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)