Sonia, Manmohan react to Natwar Singh’s book: I will write my own book, only then truth will be out, says Cong chief

They can continue to do this, I am not affected, I am used to these attacks: Sonia Gandhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2014 9:52 pm
There is a major flaw in the existing WTO policy on subsidies. (Source: AP) Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi deliberate over a meeting. (Source: AP)

Hitting back at former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday that she would write her own book which would reveal the “truth”.

“I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything. The only way truth will come out is if I write. I am serious about it and I will be writing,” Sonia told mediapersons at Parliament.

Sonia was referring to Singh’s claims in his autobiography, One Life is Not Enough, that she did not accept the Prime Minister’s post in 2004 following pressure from her son, Rahul, who feared for her life.

Stating that she had seen the assassinations of her mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi, and husband, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia said she was not hurt by Singh’s claims. “I am far from getting hurt from these things. These things do not affect me,” she said.

The Congress, meanwhile, criticised Singh for “betraying” Sonia. Coming out in her support, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denied Singh’s claims that files from the PMO were sent to Sonia during the UPA regime. Recalling many such claims made by his former media adviser Sanjaya Baru in his book, the former PM said, “This is their way to market their product.”

He also said that “private conversations should not be made public for capital gains”.

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Stating that he too was in the “thick of action” in 2004, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad denied that Rahul influenced Sonia’s decision to turn down the PM’s post.

“I don’t agree with that. I was in the thick of that. There were two-three others also. Maybe he attended one meeting. We attended dozens of meetings. The truth is that Sonia herself was very reluctant. She was not comfortable at all about becoming PM,” he said. Azad said Singh’s claims in his book was an act of betrayal and “in poor taste.”

The Congress said it “categorically denies all allegations, insinuations and innuendos” made by Singh, pointing out that Singh’s “outburst” after so many years of silence came after the change of government.

“We also note his repeated attempts to join the BJP and his son’s membership of that party for many years and his current MLA status. All these and many more admitted and objective facts tell their own tale, a tale which is very different from the tale which Singh promised to tell in his book,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

“It is highly regrettable that persons who have enjoyed high positions of power entrusted to them by the Congress party, persons who have been privy to delicate situations, to sensitive and confidential information, misuse and distort such confidentiality for commercial purposes, based purely on subjective assessments and outbursts based on imaginary and non-existent facts,” he said.

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First Published on: July 31, 2014 1:39 pm
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    Balakrishnan Subramanyam
    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    Sonia has time & again proved to be an epitome of lies & fallacies.What truths she can reveal as she claims ? It will once again be a bundle of lies & false claims.A person who does not have even the basic academic back ground & appears to have all along been dishonest in her various declarations as has been reported,how can any one trust whatever that she may come out with.Further what is her caliber to write a book of any standard to deserve being published except by the Congress party.The Manmohan /Sonia team had completely destro the Indian Economy through gross misuse of power & it is a shame for Mr Manmohan Singh to continue to keep playing back tune for his Boss who has been shown the door by the Indian Public & now only needs to be shown the way out of India back to Italy.
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      Niladrinath Mohanty
      Aug 1, 2014 at 1:49 am
      Who will authenticate what Sonia hi writes is the truth?
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        Hari
        Aug 2, 2014 at 9:18 am
        First I will go back to "Cambridge" to finish learning to read and write in English.
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          bhagawan
          Aug 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm
          If Natwar had spoken earlier, the goons working for Sonia would have finished him off; she would also have prevented the publication of the book by threatening the publisher and that was why he chose to bring it out near the end of the LS polls knowing fully well that the Congress would suffer severe losses in the elections and she won't have any clout to threaten anyone anymore. Yes, people would like to hear her side of the story, not necessarily the truth. This is the most venomous politician the country has seen and hopefully her days (or years) in politics are numbered.
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            Hindustanilion
            Aug 1, 2014 at 6:22 am
            How to believe that it will be only truth ????? any body- any body can lie !!!!!!!
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              Hindustanilion
              Aug 1, 2014 at 11:48 am
              If she dares and write a book, I am sure she will admit she joined party as president to hold on money which Indira, Rajiv collected as party fund and keep collecting in future and , I am sure, I have mentioned many time She wanted to eradicate Congress with slow poison, also that's why Rahul did not join as a minister up till now and enjo more than power of PM !!! Actually Sonia was cornered immediately after Rajivs death by then top at least four office bearers either join or hand over all money !!! Will she sow courage to this ?? I dought. As Natvarlal writes, actually files were approved at 10 Janpath first and then sent to PMO, So no body- No body, including PM know it !!!
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