Sanjaya Baru's book “The Accidental Prime Minister” was met by denouncement from the PMO, especially Pankaj Pachauri who claimed the book was fictional and a product of Baru's own colored opinions. LK Advani and Arun Jaitley, both senior BJP members made scathing remarks claiming that the book only confirmed what an entire nation suspected, that Manmohan Singh was a weak PM.
In response, Congress member Sanjay Jha tweeted that in his opinion, it was Vajpayee who was the weakest PM, referring to the Kandahar terrorists and his lack of action.
The weakest PM India ever had was AB Vajpayee who gave Kandahar terrorists an escort-service,and allowed Parliament to be attacked.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 14, 2014
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also said “"No one reads Parakh or Sanjay Baru's books. All these books are sponsored by Modi “
Sanjaya's Baru's book that released in April 2014 created a storm of controversy around the book's content placed in a politically charged climate where the congress finds itself trapped in one of its toughest elections to date.
The book proved to be outright arsenal for the members of the BJP as major party leaders used the contents of the book against the Congress. Arch-nemesis Narendra Modi cleverly stated in a string of Karnataka Rallies that “"Two days ago a book has come out. An official who used to work in the Manmohan Singh government and was his confidant has written this book. He has said this government is not being run by Manmohan Singhji. All the files are being checked by Sonia Gandhi." This was in reference to the book's claims that Sonia Gandhi arranged for daily meetings with Pulok Chatterjee, the principal secretary in the PMO to discuss important policy issues. However Advani told reporter in Ahemdabad “ he (Singh) is a nice man and why criticise him so much. I said I feel sad and had sympathy for him” A similar quote was made by Sanjaya Baru in his book's introduction But, in a statement that is rather contradictory to the book, his introduction in acclaim of Singh.
These constant attacks have been met by Jha's indignance and yet there is no telling how damaging the book will be to the Congress' agenda. The controversy seems be working well in favour of the book however as hard copies have sold out online. Whether the sales have to do with the book's caliber or with the seductive power of controversy over sales remains to be seen.