Is Sonia Gandhi afraid of Natwar Singh?

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 13:04 hrs
Natwar Singh

Fearing that like Sanjaya Baru, former Union Minister Natwar Singh may bring out an embarrassing tell-all book (being called the N-Bomb in many circles) Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka have met Singh at his residence for more than an hour.

A report in the Daily Mail said that Sonia, who never had any political equations with Singh after 2005, had called upon Singh to prevent him from publishing his book One Life is Not Enough.

In a saucy tale, the Daily Mail writes, “If there was one compelling reason for the Sonia-Priyanka visit, it remains a mystery, because the event has not been made public… (S)ources say, however, that the conversation revolved around books, and one in particular. That book is called One Life is Not Enough, and it is written by Natwar Singh himself.

“The book is to be released on August 7 by former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, and there’s precious little time left if Sonia wants to avoid more - and deeper - embarrassment of the Baru kind. Sources say that’s what the unusual calling-on was for - a pre-emptive spiking of the Natwar Singh tale. Priyanka is also believed to have requested Singh not to let the book be published.”

Baru, in his book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh released earlier this year, had exposed the way Sonia ran a shadow cabinet and how Manmohan was a mere tool at the hands of the Gandhi family. Not that Baru’s allegations were unknown, but as the former Prime Minister’s one-time media advisor, he threw light on the master-servant relationship Manmohan had with Sonia and how the latter even rebuked him publicly and robbed the PM off the credit that was later given to her son Rahul.

The book had significantly irked the Gandhi family but if Natwar has his way, he may cause even more embarrassment for his work, says the Mail, is “a tell-all autobiography covering his years with Indira Gandhi as a senior Indian Foreign Service officer, and later as a Congressman with Rajiv Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao, and Manmohan Singh … Singh was considered a confidant of the party’s First Family till his downfall, and has seen the workings of the government at pointblank range through his many years in politics” before his fall from grace in the oil for food scam involving Iraq in December 2005.

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