You genuinely believe Sonia Gandhi wasn’t interested in joining politics. How has she become such a force, when she had no interest in it?
See, at that time, she was not interested because she had seen the assassinations. But when she came to it, the power itself really allured her, and now she is the most powerful person. There is nobody in the Congress, no leader.
She has not allowed any leader to come up, except Rahul.
That’s the problem in this country, with all parties. They don’t allow leaders to come up. Their children, and that’s all.
You speak of Sonia’s authoritarian rule. Manmohan Singh entered the history books as the Finance Minister who saved the country’s economy. And now he’s embarrassed himself as Prime Minister.
Disaster. He’s a disaster. See, he was all right. But then, he became so obedient to Sonia Gandhi that he left his mind somewhere else, and followed her, whatever she said. He is an honest man.
But since Sonia is a person who doesn’t care about honesty and dishonesty, because she herself collects money, and he follows her bidding, how can he be [a good Prime Minister]?
You’ve also been open in your analysis of our current President, Pranab Mukherjee’s sudden accumulation of wealth upon entering politics.
Yes, and you know, none of them has contradicted a single word of what I have said. The book has been in the market for the last three months. They haven’t contradicted me, because they know. And I have established some credibility in the minds of the people, and I have no reason to tell lies. Why should I?
In Picture: A Congress supporter expresses despair upon learning that Sonia Gandhi would decline to serve as Prime Minister of India, during a demonstration in front of her house in New Delhi on 18 May, 2004.
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