After ex-PMO media advisor Sanjaya Baru’s book, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, created a furore with highly sensational claim that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi superseded the government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ex-coal Secretary PC Parakh has now come up with a book which is set to give more jolts to PM’s image.
The book titled “Crusader or Conspirator: Coalgate and Other Truths” reveals that Manmohan had very little to no control over the government of which he is in-charge.
Parakh in his book claims that PM’s image took a serious blow with 2G spectrum and coal allocation scams.
Earlier, BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley targeted the PM over rubber stamp claim in Baru’s book and said that it only confirms what the country ordinarily suspected.
Jaitley said that 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 Baru’s book was dismissed as “cheap fiction” by the Congress party dubbing him as “an out of job, disgruntled turncoat”, Jaitley said that he’s been reading the book for past two days and Baru is like a witness.
Latching on to the book to target the ruling Congress party, another BJP senior leader, LK Advani, hit out at 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, Advani told.
The new book also revealed that despite corruption scandals, economic slowdown, the UPA-II government couldn’t retire Manmohan 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.”
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “the mother-son duo (Sonia & Rahul) deliberately compromised the dignity of the office of Prime Minister so they could rule without being held accountable.”
Using the book to take potshots at Congress and Singh, Prasad said that the BJP will not give an accidental Prime Minister to this country and that the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will work more like a leader of India.