Sharad Pawar backstabbed Sonia Gandhi in 1999, says K V Thomas in book

The book, Sonia - The Beloved of the Masses, has a full chapter on how Pawar engineered the rebellion against Sonia.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 8:46 am

 

Thomas says Pawar had calculated that if Sonia were to be the PM, his dream of becoming PM would never be realised. (PTI) Thomas says Pawar had calculated that if Sonia were to be the PM, his dream of becoming PM would never be realised. (PTI)

At a time when the NCP appears to be softening its stand on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, a new book by Congress leader and Food Minister K V Thomas recounts how Sharad Pawar had “backstabbed” Sonia Gandhi in 1999, and claims that even Rajiv Gandhi had observed that Pawar was “not trustworthy”.

The book, Sonia – The Beloved of the Masses, has a full chapter on how Pawar engineered the rebellion against Sonia over her foreign origin issue because of his “prime ministerial ambitions”. Titled ‘Backstabbing’, a separate chapter in the yet-to-be released book recounts that there was “little rapport between Sonia and Pawar” despite being in the same party.

Thomas says Pawar had eyed the second-in-command position in the Congress enjoyed by Arjun Singh and had calculated that if Sonia “were to be the PM, his pet dream of becoming PM would never be realised.” Recalling the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 15, 1999, he writes, “Reclining on a white cushion, Sharad Pawar smiled at P A Sangma. That was the green signal for revolt in the party — a fact not known to many members present at the meeting.” He says Sonia was “dumbstruck” when Sangma raised her foreign origin issue.

“Pawar started from where Sangma stopped. He praised her role as president of the party in bringing about unity in the party and making it vibrant. Then he went on to add that the party was not able to counter the propaganda on Sonia’s foreign birth. ‘We have to seriously think about this,’ Pawar maintained. Sonia felt the heat of the revolt as she heard these words from Pawar who was made Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha by her,” he says.

Thomas goes on to recall the heated exchanges that took place after that. He says while Sonia made a silent exit, Pawar along with Sangma and Tariq Anwar told Pranab Mukherjee that “this is our last CWC”. He says the trio, “who turned their back on the party”, later sent a letter to Mukherjee and Madhavrao Scindia in the form of a chargesheet.

“Sonia did not care to read it. The reply was written by Arjun Singh. He described the trio who broke with Sonia as the Mir Jaffers. The backstabbing was more than what Sonia could tolerate,” he says. Thomas claims Sonia always used to keep a distance from Pawar. “Perhaps, she had in her mind Rajiv’s observation that Pawar, though capable, was not trustworthy,” he writes.

The book, an updated and translated version of Thomas’s 2006 Malayalam book Sonia Priyankari, will be released by Defence Minister A K Antony on February 20.

Thomas also recalls the Rajiv-Sonia romance, their marriage and her transformation to an ideal Indian daughter-in-law. Interestingly, he says Sonia did not approve of daughter Priyanka’s affair with Robert Vadra initially, “the reason being the strong links of some members of the Vadra family with RSS… However, after the marriage Sonia liked Robert Vadra very much.

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He (Pawar ) praised her role as president of the party in bringing about unity in the party and making it vibrant. Then he went on to add that the party was not able to counter the propaganda on Sonia’s foreign birth. ‘We have to seriously think about this,’ Pawar maintained. Sonia felt the heat of the revolt as she heard these words from Pawar who was made Leader of the Opposi-tion in the Lok Sabha by her.

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    Bheja Fry
    Feb 13, 2014 at 8:30 am
    That doesn't makes Sonia hi a saint....she backstabbed people of Andhra Pradesh...so what's new?
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      Bheja Fry
      Feb 13, 2014 at 8:30 am
      That doesn't makes Sonia hi a saint....she backstabbed people of Andhra Pradesh...so what's new?
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        Vijay
        Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm
        It is not called backstabbing.. One of Pawar, Pranab or scindia madhavrao should have lead the party. Sonia lead just because she has surname hi.. Thats unfortunate for contry and we are facing consequencies of that today...
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          Vijay
          Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm
          It is not called backstabbing.. One of Pawar, Pranab or scindia madhavrao should have lead the party. Sonia lead just because she has surname hi.. Thats unfortunate for contry and we are facing consequencies of that today...
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            Eswar Vandanapu
            Feb 13, 2014 at 9:07 am
            Sonia is backstabbing entire Country and more specifically Andhra Pradesh.
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              Eswar Vandanapu
              Feb 13, 2014 at 9:07 am
              Sonia is backstabbing entire Country and more specifically Andhra Pradesh.
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                Gokul Raina
                Feb 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm
                See how clever Pawar was. First praising Sonia and the UPA and then breaking up the party from inside. These are the people who are in the politics just for the money.
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                  Gokul Raina
                  Feb 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm
                  See how clever Pawar was. First praising Sonia and the UPA and then breaking up the party from inside. These are the people who are in the politics just for the money.
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                    Hari
                    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:11 am
                    Sonia – The Beloved of the Mes - When!!!! How!!!Just trying to give a boost to Sonia . What credential did she had to become the PM of India other than being the wife of Rajiv hi. First Indira hi, Then Rajiv hi ... ok at-least related to Nehru. But Sonia !!!!! did she even could sing the national anthem properly when she was ,so called, "selected to become the PM". Now Rahul hi wants to lead this country to, I don't know what. His family has been leading for a long time but India never reached anywhere.
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                      Hari
                      Feb 13, 2014 at 7:11 am
                      Sonia – The Beloved of the Mes - When!!!! How!!!Just trying to give a boost to Sonia . What credential did she had to become the PM of India other than being the wife of Rajiv hi. First Indira hi, Then Rajiv hi ... ok at-least related to Nehru. But Sonia !!!!! did she even could sing the national anthem properly when she was ,so called, "selected to become the PM". Now Rahul hi wants to lead this country to, I don't know what. His family has been leading for a long time but India never reached anywhere.
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                        jojobi
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                        The Indian electorate gave a being reply to Pawar.
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                          jojobi
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                          The Indian electorate gave a being reply to Pawar.
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                            Nishant Visen
                            Feb 13, 2014 at 5:55 am
                            Sonia Mano aka Sonia hi has very skillfully promoted Christians and Muslims in Congress. While Ahmed Patel calling the shots is an open secret, the National Advisory Council being stuffed with anti-Hindu Christian and Muslim enthusiasts. While Robert Vadra was a Hindu family before his marriage to Priyanka hi and Robert's family had RSS connections, the entire family of Robert Vadra (his father, brother and sister) were steadily removed (read killed), and Robert Vadra converted to Christianity. Priyanka Vadra's two children have non-Hindu names, and both of them are being brought up as non-Hindus. While India being a secular country is all right, India being ruled by non-Hindus with anti-Hindu mentality is apalling. It is only a travesty of democracy that one single dynasty, the Nehru dynasty, so cleverly incorporated the "hi" surname, and has efffectively milked it to malign Hinduism in the name of democracy. It is high time. We must wake up to save our religion, culture and our motherland.
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                              Nishant Visen
                              Feb 13, 2014 at 5:55 am
                              Sonia Mano aka Sonia hi has very skillfully promoted Christians and Muslims in Congress. While Ahmed Patel calling the shots is an open secret, the National Advisory Council being stuffed with anti-Hindu Christian and Muslim enthusiasts. While Robert Vadra was a Hindu family before his marriage to Priyanka hi and Robert's family had RSS connections, the entire family of Robert Vadra (his father, brother and sister) were steadily removed (read killed), and Robert Vadra converted to Christianity. Priyanka Vadra's two children have non-Hindu names, and both of them are being brought up as non-Hindus. While India being a secular country is all right, India being ruled by non-Hindus with anti-Hindu mentality is apalling. It is only a travesty of democracy that one single dynasty, the Nehru dynasty, so cleverly incorporated the "hi" surname, and has efffectively milked it to malign Hinduism in the name of democracy. It is high time. We must wake up to save our religion, culture and our motherland.
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                                C B Venugopal Panicker
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
                                Well, these Thomases, Mathewses, Antonies, Kuriens, chackos, Georges, Kodikkunnil Sureshs, Tom vadakkans and many more like members of the CBCI (Catholic Bishops council Of India) will try to protect & save their "G MOTHER INDIA OF SCAMS".
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                                  C B Venugopal Panicker
                                  Feb 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
                                  Well, these Thomases, Mathewses, Antonies, Kuriens, chackos, Georges, Kodikkunnil Sureshs, Tom vadakkans and many more like members of the CBCI (Catholic Bishops council Of India) will try to protect & save their "G MOTHER INDIA OF SCAMS".
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                                    Rajaram V.V.
                                    Feb 13, 2014 at 11:17 am
                                    At least there were some brave members in Congress to question the family rule. Pawar and Sangma utilized her foreign birth as a weapon to ensure that the family (Nehru) rule does not continue. There is nothing wrong about it. If there is inner democracy in congress party, they should have accepted the criticism in stead of feeling bad about it
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                                      Rajaram V.V.
                                      Feb 13, 2014 at 11:17 am
                                      At least there were some brave members in Congress to question the family rule. Pawar and Sangma utilized her foreign birth as a weapon to ensure that the family (Nehru) rule does not continue. There is nothing wrong about it. If there is inner democracy in congress party, they should have accepted the criticism in stead of feeling bad about it
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                                        Rakshit Bakshi
                                        Feb 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm
                                        Sharad Pawar has always been schemy. It is no shock that he back-stabbed Sonia in the 90's, at the time when his support was most required.
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                                          Rakshit Bakshi
                                          Feb 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm
                                          Sharad Pawar has always been schemy. It is no shock that he back-stabbed Sonia in the 90's, at the time when his support was most required.
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                                            Rudraksh Mitra
                                            Feb 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm
                                            Congress introduced Pawar in the politics and how has he paid? By softening upon the BJP and by back-stabbing UPA.
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