Dismissing Sanjaya Baru’s book as “just a compilation of well-known and well-worn baseless and planted speculative gossip”, the Congress Tuesday stepped up the attack on the former media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and claimed his book was a “cheap stunt to create a nonexistent premise”.
Questioning the timing of the book, The Accidental Prime Minister, the party in a statement said the book qualifies as the “mother of all plants”. The party claimed Baru had a “limited role” and was “no political insider”, thus his book lacks any “hard facts or insights”.
In the statement, the party gave examples of various anecdotes in the book, saying it is “riddled with contradictions and baseless assertions”.
The Congress said that while Baru admits in the book he had no privileged access or inside information on the relationship between Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, he “fails to explain how exactly he came to know of the differences” between them that he so “authoritatively chronicles”.
“On a shaky foundation of planted rumours and gossip, subjective analysis and recollections from personal memory, unsupported by facts…, Baru constructs a fantastic, fictional narrative in thin air, full of gigantic, politically motivated sound-bytes that falsely suggest that the PM was a rubber stamp, or that the Congress president interfered in affairs of government,” it said.
Dismissing allegations of differences between the PM and Sonia, party spokesperson Ajay Maken said both have the “best of relations”.
He also hit out at former coal secretary P C Parakh’s book — Crusader or Conspirator? — claiming the timing puts a big question mark and has been chosen with the intent of making “political gains”.