New delhi, 15 April-2014(PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s family has come out strongly against his former media advisor Sanjaya Baru for his book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. Singh’s eldest daughter, historian Upinder Singh, has lashed out at Baru saying he betrayed the PM.
PM’s elder daughter historian Upinder Singh
She told national daily ‘The Indian Express’, “We are extremely angry at the exaggerated level of access the author has ascribed to himself. It is an audacious account with so-called quotes, of even the Prime Minister, which have been recorded as facts.”
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“I know that authors have a say in the timing of the release. To me, there are other reasons for the timing. It is absurd to say there is no political motive. Sanjaya Baru cannot describe himself as a well-wisher of the Prime Minister. We did not know that he was going to piece together gossip and unverified quotes, including some of my father’s, and use them as statements of fact,” she added.
On Monday, Baru had sought to soften the blow he had dealt to the Prime Minister’s Office. “The PM tried his best given his political limitations. He was like Bheeshma of The Mahabharata, not Dhritarashtra. My book is about UPA I, not UPA II. During UPA I, he was certainly not ‘blind’,” Baru said.
Baru, however, repeated his claims that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had the final say in everything in the UPA government and that it was a “reality that the PM came to terms with”.
“Arjun Singh, Pranab Mukherjee regarded themselves as the PM’s political seniors and (former National Security Advisor) MK Narayanan owed his job to Sonia,” Baru added.