Book on Manmohan creates ripples in NE

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The Accidental Prime Minister

Guwahati, April 16: At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over Sanjay Baru’s book The Accidental Prime Minister–The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, leaders cutting across party lines in the northeast too have attacked the PM. “Manmohan Singh is a good economist, but he is not a good politician. He was nominated twice in the Rajya Sabha, why did not he contest the Lok Sabha elections? It only shows how weak he is. In fact, when controversy erupted over the post of PM, he (Manmohan Singh) should have quit,” said former Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MP Kumar Dipak Das.

Das was referring to former media adviser to PM Sanjaya Baru’s book where he (Baru) described some point by point activities of the PMO. In his book, Baru has mentioned that Pulak Chatterjee, Principal Secretary, PMO, used to visit 10 Janpath to seek Sonia Gandhi’s permission before passing files.

“If a prime minister can’t take a decision on his own, how can he rule the country? As a PM, he must take decision on his own,” said former Union minister and the National People’s Party (NPP) leader Agatha Sagma. It’s not only leaders from Assam and Meghalaya coming forward vehemently criticizing the Prime Minister Dr Singh following the revelation of his way of functioning in Baru’s book, but the leaders from Arunachal Pradesh have also joined the bandwagon.

“It was an insult to the PMO. If a prime minister takes permission from another person (Sonia Gandhi) in every step, how can he justify the office of the PMO?” said BJP leader Kiran Rijiju. The PMO on Sunday rubbished the facts mentioned in Baru’s book as “baseless and mischievous”.

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