As the Congress continues to face embarrassment over former advisor to PM Sanjaya Baru’s book on Manmohan Singh, party spokesperson Sanjay Jha on Monday hit back at the the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) saying that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the weakest ever PM of India.
The Congress is facing huge criticism over Baru’s claims in his book titled “The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh”, wherein he has said Sonia Gandhi was the super prime minister and Manmohan Singh had been reduced to being an object of ridicule.
Baru served as the former media advisor to Dr Singh in the UPA-I government.
Reacting to BJP’s charge, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha today tweeted: “The weakest PM India ever had was AB Vajpayee who gave Kandahar terrorists an escort-service,and allowed Parliament to be attacked.”
Jha’s reaction comes after BJP leader LK Advani said the book endorsed what everyone knew — that Manmohan Singh was the weakest prime minister ever.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said Manmohan Singh must seriously introspect as to how his tenure has impacted the Prime Minister’s Office as an institution.
Below are Jha’s other tweets:
The weakest PM India ever had was AB Vajpayee who despite the treachery of Kargil, gave Musharraf a red carpet welcome at Agra.
The weakest PM India ever had was AB Vajpayee who was hugging PM Nawaz Sharif, even as 50 soldiers had lost their lives in Kargil.
The weakest PM ever was AB Vajpayee, who wanted to sack Mr Modi for the ghastly Gujarat massacre, but succumbed to BJP bullying.
The weakest Prime Minister that India ever had was AB Vajpayee. Gen Musharraf spent a night on Indian soil, while the PMO and NDA snored.
The Prime Minister’s Office has dismissed as “baseless and mischievous” the claims made by Baru in his book that its files were seen by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
A controversy erupted on Friday over a claim in the book by Baru that Principal Secretary Pulok Chatterjee sought Sonia Gandhi’s instructions on important files to be cleared by the PM.
In his book, Baru has written, “Pulok, who was inducted into the Manmohan Singh PMO at the behest of Sonia Gandhi, had regular, almost daily, meetings with Sonia at which he was said to brief her on the key policy issues of the day and seek her instructions on important files to be cleared by the PM.
“Indeed, Pulok was the single most point of regular contact between PM and Sonia. He was also the PMO’s main point of contact with the NAC, a high profile advisory body chaired by Sonia Gandhi, with social activists as members. It was sometimes dubbed the shadow cabinet.”